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Raidis Estate

Winemaking

Our winemaking goals are simple. We strive to make the best quality wines possible that truly represent us and our vineyards. Our wines are a direct reflection of their vineyard and the season in which they were grown. There are a thousand little decisions that go into crafting each wine, and we aim to keep our production small enough so that we can make all those decisions; and by doing so, year after year, we develop a consistent style that transcends all our wines. To that end, we have a few principles that guide our winemaking:

Vineyards

We believe you can only make great wines from exceptional quality grapes. For this reason, we cane prune our vines by hand. This allows for good air circulation and a well-balanced canopy, maximising fruit quality whilst minimising spray frequency.

We hand select our fruit to ensure only the best grapes make it to the winery. As part of our aim to be as sustainable as possible we allow our goats into the vineyards after hand selection to eat the remaining grapes. This helps to keep the vineyard clean, minimising disease pressure in the growing season. The goats eat grass & weeds during the winter so that we do not need to spray or slash during this period.

We spend countless hours and years in the vineyards. Becoming intimately familiar with our vineyards, and making subtle adjustments to address the season, and our long-term goals.

Varieties

Over the years we’ve planted varieties that are well suited to our cool climate and diverse soils. We don’t make wines from what is fashionable or popular, but what we think will make great wine from those sites, (and of course what we like to drink!)

Style

We strive to make fruit-driven, food-friendly wines that reflect the vineyard. We believe the balance between fruit, acid, oak, tannin, and texture is essential to our wines.

Seasonality

We do not make our wines by formula. We make hand-crafted wines from single vineyards that express the variation of each growing season. Although we strive to be consistent from year-to-year, we think vintage variation is part of what makes wine special.