New Zealand’s first horse powered, organic vineyard

By Churton Wines

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NZ $15,630 pledged


75 people pledged


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This campaign failed to reach its target by 03/12/2021 at 6:00 PM (NZDT) and is now closed.

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New Zealand’s First Horse Powered, Organic Vineyard

Project 2021-09-16 12:38:00 +1200

Help our organic vineyard replace tractors with horsepower and reduce our carbon footprint.

 

 

 

What we want to do

Our plans are pretty massive. We’ve bought two draft horses, Xena and Gordon, who are going to do all the under-vine work once done by tractors. They’ll help keep emissions right down, keep the soils loose and tackle the weeds that stop vines flourishing. The grapes will be better, and so will the wine

 

This is another step for us in our work to be as sustainable and emission-free as possible. We’re certified organic and follow biodynamic principles, but relying on fossil fuels to work the vineyard didn’t seem right. We’re lucky to have Emma join the crew, and to find Gordon and Xena to take us to the next level. We found a plough at the Brayshaw Heritage Park in Blenheim and have modified it for undervine work.

 

The horses are being trained by Emma Rossignol, who moved to Churton from France in 2020. Emma is a specialist in training horses to work in vineyards and already has big plans for both Gordon and Xena.

 

The funds raised by this campaign will go towards the costs of the horses and ongoing training and equipment. This will help us be more enviromentally friendly, lowering our vineyard's emissions and water wastage.

Who we are

We’re a certified organic, family-run vineyard that has been producing beautiful wines for over 30 years. We're two brothers, Ben and Jack Weaver, who are building on the foundation started by our parents Sam and Mandy. We create biodynamic and organic wines in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough.

 

 

The vineyard

The Churton vineyard covers 22 hectares. It is planted according to the rise and fall of our undulating landscape up in the hills looking down on the Waihopai Valley. The 17 vineyard blocks cover a north-east facing hillside, enjoying the gentle rays of the morning sun and avoiding the harsh afternoon rays. This allows our vines to ease their grapes to the finish line, creating wines of greater complexity and refinement.

While the sun can be strong in summer, Marlborough is a cool climate for grape growing and frost can be issue. Lucky for us, the eastern boundary of the vineyard falls steeply away to the Omaka river, 50 metres below, allowing frosts to literally fall off the cliff.

 

 

The wines

Our parents, Sam and Mandy Weaver, developed the Churton vineyard and produced traditional pinot noir, viognier and sauvignon blanc and a beautiful rare petit manseng. We launched Natural State three years ago and make a tasty field blend, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir that are both fresh and vibrant. Our wines sell all over the world and regularly receive outstanding reviews.

 

Join the herd

We hope you can join us on this incredible journey to make wine in a way that cares for our enviroment.

We're pleased to offer great rewards as thank yous to everyone who supports this campaign.

All wines offered as rewards are from our private vintage cellar and are not available in market.

Thanks for all your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delivery

Delivery on all rewards is included for all New Zealand locations. If you are wishing to pledge outside of New Zealand there will be a delivery charge for all rewards you wish to recieve. Alternatively its a great way to buy a present for any friends or family you may have living here in New Zealand. Here is a rough estimate on shipping to areas we currently ship to. 

Australia $115

United States $200

United Kingdom $250

Asia $300

 

 

 

 

Please note, all rewards including wine are for +18 only.

Comments

Updates 2

What a Journey and Thank you to all involved!

03/12/2021 at 11:54 AM

 

Today is the last day of our pledgeme campaign and we have had a rollercoaster of a ride. Thanks so much for everyone who has generously pledged and helped share our story. We have learnt so much from this project and are amazed by the support we have got from over 70 pledgers. Thank you all so much for buying into what we want to do and helping us farm for the future.

Although our campaign is over today and we didn't reach the target, our journey will continue to make great wines in a way that cares for the enviroment. Our horse will continue ploughing and hopefully we can still achieve our goal by the end of next year.

For all of you who pledged and wanted to help and be a part of Churton’s journey all is not lost – check out our website to see how you can still be involved.

https://churtonwines.co.nz/

 

We have selected some special packages on the website so you can still help us directly. All wine packs offered include free delivery within New Zealand.   See below.

 

Ploughman’s Lunch package

A ploughman’s lunch, generous wine tasting and vineyard tour by one of our team for groups of 5, 10 or 15 people. This will be operating over summer and there are limited spots so book now.

https://churtonwines.co.nz/collections/pinot-2008-feature/products/ploughman-package

 

Chistmas Wine Package

Kick the holidays off with a mixed case of Churton and Natural State wines. Six different wines to be enjoyed over Christmas with family and friends. These packs will be delivered before Christmas free of charge to any address in New Zealand.

https://churtonwines.co.nz/collections/pinot-2008-feature/products/christmas-pack-1

Library Wine Package

Get a mixed 6 or 12 pack made up of carefully cellared 2010 Churton Sauvignon Blanc and 2009 Churton Pinot Noir. These packs will be delivered before Christmas free of charge to any address in New Zealand and are subject to availablity - Grab one now.

https://churtonwines.co.nz/collections/pinot-2008-feature/products/library-stock-pack

Magnums (twice the fun with 1.5L bottles)

Get one of our special magnums to enjoy on Christmas day.  Ideal for groups and a great way to celebrate with family and friends. These wines will be delievered before Christmas free of charge to any address in New Zealand.

https://churtonwines.co.nz/collections/pinot-2008-feature/products/magnums

 

DELIVERY - Place your orders before the 10th of December to ensure delivery before Christmas.

 

 

Thanks again for all of your support and contributions throughout this campaign, we really appreciated it and look forward to you continuing with us on our journey to make great wines in a way that cares for the enviroment.

 

Meri Kirihimete from Gordon, Xena and the team at Churton

 

Thanks for joining us on our journey!

10/11/2021 at 8:28 AM

 

Kia ora horsepower people.

Thank you all for pledging so far, we really appreciate your support. Welcome to the herd. 

We are just over 15% raised with over 50 pledgers, only 23 days to go. It's now time to get the word out there, share our progress with your family and friends and of course any wine lovers you know.

Heres whats been happening behind the scenes.

Xena and Gordon 

Over the past few weeks, we’ve made some big strides forward, well Gordon and Xena have. They have been gaining confidence in the vineyard and working in narrow rows and have started doing some basic soil work.  The use of our cultivating tynes is the easiest to teach. Pulling these for even half an hour a day has started to build both the horses’ stamina and their muscular strength. Over the past week we’ve introduced them to ploughing under vine. This is a work in progress!  The horses have to learn not only the right speed to pull at but also the position in the row where they need to walk as well as stop and start as required. They are pretty good and understand a mixture of French and English words. Allez les Chevaux 

 

 

 

In the Media

This week we got on the front page of the Marlborough express showing the region our exciting journey to become New Zealands first zero emission vineyard, have a read here.

Keep an eye on TV1 news this Saturday the 13th at 6pm; Gordon, Sam and Emma will be showing the nation what it takes to care for our soils. Watch live here this weekend.

Tune in to RNZ this Friday 12th at 9.30am to hear Sam chat about Xena and Gordon and the benefits they bring to the soils, farm, vineyard, wine and of course our environment. listen here.

 

Thanks again everyone for your support and don't forget to share our story. 

The Churton Team

 

 

    Pledgers 75

    Stephen Wong (Wine Sentience)
    2021-12-01 13:08:36 +1300

    "A worthy cause! Full steam ahead to the closing date, go go go!"

    Chris Bowron
    2021-11-29 21:30:49 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-11-29 10:49:56 +1300
    Frances Cable
    2021-11-29 05:05:55 +1300

    "Congratulations to Sam and Mandy and your family, and for creating such an amazing organic winery. I know that John and Anne are beaming and proud of you all!"

    Phil Dobson
    2021-11-28 21:57:48 +1300

    "Good luck!"

    michal
    2021-11-28 21:21:12 +1300
    Hawaiki
    2021-11-28 10:47:29 +1300

    "For my beautiful badass Friend Emma, je t'envoie tout mon courage pour ce beau projet ma copine 😘 Allez vous allez y arriver !!! 💪"

    Solene
    2021-11-24 21:18:36 +1300
    Cookson-Mackenzie Danielle
    2021-11-23 22:03:14 +1300

    "Much love and support for this project ❤️"

    Joao Corbett
    2021-11-23 13:57:46 +1300
    Sal MacDonald
    2021-11-23 13:24:31 +1300

    "It was lovely to meet Gordon and Xena the other day. All the best with the fundraising"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-11-23 11:31:05 +1300
    Chris Weaver
    2021-11-22 16:44:12 +1300

    "From Fee and and the kids… We wish you the best-Here’s to horsepower! "

    Lyall & Joanna Fieldes
    2021-11-22 14:07:27 +1300
    Andrew Egan
    2021-11-18 18:49:56 +1300
    Mike Neill
    2021-11-17 20:04:59 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-11-16 09:37:52 +1300
    Henry Dillon
    2021-11-13 06:08:34 +1300

    "This is such an exciting and inspiring project. I look forward to updates and getting to know more about Gordon and Xena!"

    Jeff
    2021-11-12 19:46:49 +1300
    Jonathan Goodwin
    2021-11-10 20:43:26 +1300
    Peter Gordon
    2021-11-10 17:19:31 +1300

    "I love this - horses, biodynamic wines, care for the land and Aotearoa. And I'm guessing the wine will be delicious."

    Bridget Bidwill
    2021-11-10 10:25:48 +1300
    Jaquetta Bradshaw
    2021-11-09 22:49:49 +1300

    "There are so many benefits from using animal and plant power. Churton are leaders who will show us how to become carbon neutral while nurturing our soils."

    Roberta
    2021-11-09 21:45:01 +1300
    Nancy Lagunowitsch
    2021-11-08 08:42:45 +1300

    "This is such a cool initiative."

    Dorithy Wilkinson
    2021-11-05 22:43:11 +1300

    "So proud of you Emma!!! Best of luck to you and the Weavers! ❤️"

    Heather Machin
    2021-11-05 17:40:12 +1300
    Anna Bidwill
    2021-11-05 17:21:29 +1300

    "I the very best."

    Alastair Acland
    2021-11-05 16:19:51 +1300
    Murray Cook
    2021-11-05 16:18:22 +1300

    "Love your work!"

    Followers 5

    Followers of New Zealand’s first horse powered, organic vineyard

    New Zealand’s First Horse Powered, Organic Vineyard

    Project 2021-09-16 12:38:00 +1200

    Help our organic vineyard replace tractors with horsepower and reduce our carbon footprint.

     

     

     

    What we want to do

    Our plans are pretty massive. We’ve bought two draft horses, Xena and Gordon, who are going to do all the under-vine work once done by tractors. They’ll help keep emissions right down, keep the soils loose and tackle the weeds that stop vines flourishing. The grapes will be better, and so will the wine

     

    This is another step for us in our work to be as sustainable and emission-free as possible. We’re certified organic and follow biodynamic principles, but relying on fossil fuels to work the vineyard didn’t seem right. We’re lucky to have Emma join the crew, and to find Gordon and Xena to take us to the next level. We found a plough at the Brayshaw Heritage Park in Blenheim and have modified it for undervine work.

     

    The horses are being trained by Emma Rossignol, who moved to Churton from France in 2020. Emma is a specialist in training horses to work in vineyards and already has big plans for both Gordon and Xena.

     

    The funds raised by this campaign will go towards the costs of the horses and ongoing training and equipment. This will help us be more enviromentally friendly, lowering our vineyard's emissions and water wastage.

    Who we are

    We’re a certified organic, family-run vineyard that has been producing beautiful wines for over 30 years. We're two brothers, Ben and Jack Weaver, who are building on the foundation started by our parents Sam and Mandy. We create biodynamic and organic wines in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough.

     

     

    The vineyard

    The Churton vineyard covers 22 hectares. It is planted according to the rise and fall of our undulating landscape up in the hills looking down on the Waihopai Valley. The 17 vineyard blocks cover a north-east facing hillside, enjoying the gentle rays of the morning sun and avoiding the harsh afternoon rays. This allows our vines to ease their grapes to the finish line, creating wines of greater complexity and refinement.

    While the sun can be strong in summer, Marlborough is a cool climate for grape growing and frost can be issue. Lucky for us, the eastern boundary of the vineyard falls steeply away to the Omaka river, 50 metres below, allowing frosts to literally fall off the cliff.

     

     

    The wines

    Our parents, Sam and Mandy Weaver, developed the Churton vineyard and produced traditional pinot noir, viognier and sauvignon blanc and a beautiful rare petit manseng. We launched Natural State three years ago and make a tasty field blend, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir that are both fresh and vibrant. Our wines sell all over the world and regularly receive outstanding reviews.

     

    Join the herd

    We hope you can join us on this incredible journey to make wine in a way that cares for our enviroment.

    We're pleased to offer great rewards as thank yous to everyone who supports this campaign.

    All wines offered as rewards are from our private vintage cellar and are not available in market.

    Thanks for all your support.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Delivery

    Delivery on all rewards is included for all New Zealand locations. If you are wishing to pledge outside of New Zealand there will be a delivery charge for all rewards you wish to recieve. Alternatively its a great way to buy a present for any friends or family you may have living here in New Zealand. Here is a rough estimate on shipping to areas we currently ship to. 

    Australia $115

    United States $200

    United Kingdom $250

    Asia $300

     

     

     

     

    Please note, all rewards including wine are for +18 only.

    Comments

    What a Journey and Thank you to all involved!

    03/12/2021 at 11:54 AM

     

    Today is the last day of our pledgeme campaign and we have had a rollercoaster of a ride. Thanks so much for everyone who has generously pledged and helped share our story. We have learnt so much from this project and are amazed by the support we have got from over 70 pledgers. Thank you all so much for buying into what we want to do and helping us farm for the future.

    Although our campaign is over today and we didn't reach the target, our journey will continue to make great wines in a way that cares for the enviroment. Our horse will continue ploughing and hopefully we can still achieve our goal by the end of next year.

    For all of you who pledged and wanted to help and be a part of Churton’s journey all is not lost – check out our website to see how you can still be involved.

    https://churtonwines.co.nz/

     

    We have selected some special packages on the website so you can still help us directly. All wine packs offered include free delivery within New Zealand.   See below.

     

    Ploughman’s Lunch package

    A ploughman’s lunch, generous wine tasting and vineyard tour by one of our team for groups of 5, 10 or 15 people. This will be operating over summer and there are limited spots so book now.

    https://churtonwines.co.nz/collections/pinot-2008-feature/products/ploughman-package

     

    Chistmas Wine Package

    Kick the holidays off with a mixed case of Churton and Natural State wines. Six different wines to be enjoyed over Christmas with family and friends. These packs will be delivered before Christmas free of charge to any address in New Zealand.

    https://churtonwines.co.nz/collections/pinot-2008-feature/products/christmas-pack-1

    Library Wine Package

    Get a mixed 6 or 12 pack made up of carefully cellared 2010 Churton Sauvignon Blanc and 2009 Churton Pinot Noir. These packs will be delivered before Christmas free of charge to any address in New Zealand and are subject to availablity - Grab one now.

    https://churtonwines.co.nz/collections/pinot-2008-feature/products/library-stock-pack

    Magnums (twice the fun with 1.5L bottles)

    Get one of our special magnums to enjoy on Christmas day.  Ideal for groups and a great way to celebrate with family and friends. These wines will be delievered before Christmas free of charge to any address in New Zealand.

    https://churtonwines.co.nz/collections/pinot-2008-feature/products/magnums

     

    DELIVERY - Place your orders before the 10th of December to ensure delivery before Christmas.

     

     

    Thanks again for all of your support and contributions throughout this campaign, we really appreciated it and look forward to you continuing with us on our journey to make great wines in a way that cares for the enviroment.

     

    Meri Kirihimete from Gordon, Xena and the team at Churton

     

    Thanks for joining us on our journey!

    10/11/2021 at 8:28 AM

     

    Kia ora horsepower people.

    Thank you all for pledging so far, we really appreciate your support. Welcome to the herd. 

    We are just over 15% raised with over 50 pledgers, only 23 days to go. It's now time to get the word out there, share our progress with your family and friends and of course any wine lovers you know.

    Heres whats been happening behind the scenes.

    Xena and Gordon 

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve made some big strides forward, well Gordon and Xena have. They have been gaining confidence in the vineyard and working in narrow rows and have started doing some basic soil work.  The use of our cultivating tynes is the easiest to teach. Pulling these for even half an hour a day has started to build both the horses’ stamina and their muscular strength. Over the past week we’ve introduced them to ploughing under vine. This is a work in progress!  The horses have to learn not only the right speed to pull at but also the position in the row where they need to walk as well as stop and start as required. They are pretty good and understand a mixture of French and English words. Allez les Chevaux 

     

     

     

    In the Media

    This week we got on the front page of the Marlborough express showing the region our exciting journey to become New Zealands first zero emission vineyard, have a read here.

    Keep an eye on TV1 news this Saturday the 13th at 6pm; Gordon, Sam and Emma will be showing the nation what it takes to care for our soils. Watch live here this weekend.

    Tune in to RNZ this Friday 12th at 9.30am to hear Sam chat about Xena and Gordon and the benefits they bring to the soils, farm, vineyard, wine and of course our environment. listen here.

     

    Thanks again everyone for your support and don't forget to share our story. 

    The Churton Team

     

     

      Stephen Wong (Wine Sentience)
      2021-12-01 13:08:36 +1300

      "A worthy cause! Full steam ahead to the closing date, go go go!"

      Chris Bowron
      2021-11-29 21:30:49 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-11-29 10:49:56 +1300
      Frances Cable
      2021-11-29 05:05:55 +1300

      "Congratulations to Sam and Mandy and your family, and for creating such an amazing organic winery. I know that John and Anne are beaming and proud of you all!"

      Phil Dobson
      2021-11-28 21:57:48 +1300

      "Good luck!"

      michal
      2021-11-28 21:21:12 +1300
      Hawaiki
      2021-11-28 10:47:29 +1300

      "For my beautiful badass Friend Emma, je t'envoie tout mon courage pour ce beau projet ma copine 😘 Allez vous allez y arriver !!! 💪"

      Solene
      2021-11-24 21:18:36 +1300
      Cookson-Mackenzie Danielle
      2021-11-23 22:03:14 +1300

      "Much love and support for this project ❤️"

      Joao Corbett
      2021-11-23 13:57:46 +1300
      Sal MacDonald
      2021-11-23 13:24:31 +1300

      "It was lovely to meet Gordon and Xena the other day. All the best with the fundraising"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-11-23 11:31:05 +1300
      Chris Weaver
      2021-11-22 16:44:12 +1300

      "From Fee and and the kids… We wish you the best-Here’s to horsepower! "

      Lyall & Joanna Fieldes
      2021-11-22 14:07:27 +1300
      Andrew Egan
      2021-11-18 18:49:56 +1300
      Mike Neill
      2021-11-17 20:04:59 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-11-16 09:37:52 +1300
      Henry Dillon
      2021-11-13 06:08:34 +1300

      "This is such an exciting and inspiring project. I look forward to updates and getting to know more about Gordon and Xena!"

      Jeff
      2021-11-12 19:46:49 +1300
      Jonathan Goodwin
      2021-11-10 20:43:26 +1300
      Peter Gordon
      2021-11-10 17:19:31 +1300

      "I love this - horses, biodynamic wines, care for the land and Aotearoa. And I'm guessing the wine will be delicious."

      Bridget Bidwill
      2021-11-10 10:25:48 +1300
      Jaquetta Bradshaw
      2021-11-09 22:49:49 +1300

      "There are so many benefits from using animal and plant power. Churton are leaders who will show us how to become carbon neutral while nurturing our soils."

      Roberta
      2021-11-09 21:45:01 +1300
      Nancy Lagunowitsch
      2021-11-08 08:42:45 +1300

      "This is such a cool initiative."

      Dorithy Wilkinson
      2021-11-05 22:43:11 +1300

      "So proud of you Emma!!! Best of luck to you and the Weavers! ❤️"

      Heather Machin
      2021-11-05 17:40:12 +1300
      Anna Bidwill
      2021-11-05 17:21:29 +1300

      "I the very best."

      Alastair Acland
      2021-11-05 16:19:51 +1300
      Murray Cook
      2021-11-05 16:18:22 +1300

      "Love your work!"

      Followers of New Zealand’s first horse powered, organic vineyard

      This campaign was unsuccessful and finished on 03/12/2021 at 6:00 PM.
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