OUR PARTNERS

We are very fortunate to work with some of the finest wine makers, viticulturists & farmers there are. Each producer has a story, a unique way of farming their land & making exceptional wines true to the land’s terroir.

Ako believes in supporting sustainable farming ethics, we must protect our beautiful land & make sure our future generations can enjoy it as we know it. All of our partners set extremely high levels of sustainable farming practices and many work with Organic & Bio-dynamic principles, making wines with great purity & distinction, low in interference & high in artisanal Love & care. 

It is equally important for us to know our partners as much as their wines, we work with small, dedicated, skilled & passionate producers, great people & great wine.

Black Estate has three magnificent Organic and biodynamic hillside vineyards, located in North Canterbury, South Island New Zealand. It is family owned and operated, with Nicholas looking after the viticulture and wine making and Pen responsible for the Operational side of the business. Black Estate make stunning true and un-clutered wines that express the character of each farm.

“We apply biodynamic practises in our vineyards and can see each year more natural harmony in our ecosystems and happy staff! Rooted in Rudolf Steiner teachings, biodynamics teaches us to see each of our three vineyards in a holistic way. The practices promote the health and natural balance of the soils and ecosystems, and enhance the link between plant growth and the rhythms of the cosmos. All elements that make up our vineyards are considered, especially how they interact and make one healthy, vital whole. The vines, fields, forest, animals, plants, soils, compost, people and the spirit of the place are all equally important. When all is considered, our sites can build and sustain their own natural rhythms”

Churton Vineyard is located in Marlboroughs sub region in Waihopai Valley. Founders Sam and Mandy Weaver have been using Orgainc and Biodynamic farming tecniques for decades and the Vineyard producers fine wines that use Old World principles and techniques but with New World grapes. The result is elegant and exceptional wines that stand out from other producers in the region.

“For the past 30 years we have farmed the land with a delicate hand. Long before it was fashionable, we approached the vineyard with strong ecological values, a focus on biodiversity and adopted biodynamic principles. The wonderful diversity of the property from its mature trees and native bush to the river bed and pasture land first attracted us to this special place. Churton is now home to our children and grandchildren. A herd of Red Devon cattle, swarms of bees, chickens and the family dogs also call this place home”

From site selection and biodynamic practices through to low intervention winemaking, the ultimate aim at Churton is to produce exceptional, terroir-driven wines.

Decibel & Giunta wines are the lovechild of Daniel Brennan, who moved to Aotearoa from the USA to follow his dreams of creating next level wines in beautiful New Zealand. Based in the Hawkes Bay, North Island, the wines are made with grapes from quality Vineyards from the wider Hawkes Bay and Martinborough regions.

“Decibel Wines are my vision to create wines using classic practices, minimal intervention, and wines with a community based attitude. While traveling through Europe and America with a band of musicians, artists and craftsmen my passion for sense memory and sense elation grew. While docked in Philadelphia I discovered New Zealand wines. I literally smelled the potential for adventure and pure discovery in the glass.

I make Decibel Wines with honest and artistic people. My aim is to bring you wines of distinction and the best expressions of this magical place.

Located in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, Loveblock represents founders Erica and Kim’s vision to produce wines from organic and sustainably grown grapes that express their naked sense of place. 

“As grape growers and tillers of the land, we believe that we are its custodians, nurturing it and managing soil balance and fertility without outside interference. We grow grapes and make wine by minimal input, chemical intervention and manipulation as directed by organic standards – but it is not just about growing grapes… At Loveblock it is about creating a sustainable, biological, and environmental system allowing the grapes to flourish.”

“All our wines are vegan friendly, something our daughter, Pia (a long – term vegan) inspired us to do. We hope you like the wine – it was grown with love and made with care.”

Mount Edward has multiple Organic Vineyards across the Central Otago region, in the South Island. They make a very eclectic range of fantastic wines, where purity of vinification allows true examples of these different sub-regions to shine.

“In 1997 as a Central Otago pioneer founded winery, we started small, making one wine as a family business, now, decades later, we are still a family business, thriving, with our own vineyards, style and ethos.

Our heart is about making wines that are delicious, textural, subtle, moreish wines. To keep the head happy we grow unique and small batch wines from single vineyard sites, Pinot Noir to Gamay, Chardonnay to Chenin and much more.

We enjoy breaking new ground, the first in New Zealand to make vermouth, have wine on tap, early adopters of skin contact and minimal sulphur, we continue to seek out the unique. Our choices, style and techniques reflect, we believe, a growing demand for individual and authentic wine.

"Driven by a desire to be progressive, individual and good at what we do”

The Millton Vineyard’s three individual Gisborne vineyards; Opou, Te Arai and the Clos de Ste. Anne are located in Manutuke. In 1984 when James and Annie Millton established the Vineyard they were the first in New Zealand to use Organic and biodynamic principles. They have become one of Aotearoa’s leading wine makers and continue to produce outstanding wines of International acclaim.

Traditional viticulture is practiced in all vineyards and all are dry-farmed, with no insecticide, herbicide, systemic fungicide or soluble fertilisers used.

“I believe the terroir gives the wine the flavours and character. We do not disguise nor dress up the unique character with outside influences or winemaking manipulations. To myself, therefore, the soil and climate play the major role in our wines. We are merely the caretakers of the fruits of our labours. Our wines give an expression of the natural flavours found in the grapes harvested from our vineyards”

"We're not standing on dirt, but the rooftop of another Kingdom."

The simply stunning Misha’s Vineyard sits perfectly next to Lake Dunstan in Central Otago’s Bendigo sub-region, World renowned for making incredible Pinot Noirs and aromatic white wines. It’s a small dedicated and passionate team founded by Misha and partner Andy, who brought into the project from the outset acclaimed wine maker Olly Masters to guide the wine making operations.

They produce wines that compete with New Zealand’s finest, working tirelessly to maintain their beautiful Vineyard using strict regimes of sustainable farming practices, insuring that vine health is never compromised.

“We’re on a wonderful journey in the most spectacular part of New Zealand. When we started this adventure our objective was to create something really special and our moto was, and will always be, “no compromise”.

“At Paritua we appreciate that truly great wine speaks of the land in which it was born”

The vineyard is in the heart of the acclaimed Bridge Pa Triangle wine region of Hawke’s Bay, on New Zealand’s North Island. The site is all gravel soils and gentle contours, surrounded by hills and blessed with long, lingering summers and clear, crisp winters... exceptional conditions to create exceptional wines.

The name Paritua is a tribute to the Paritua Stream, which meanders gently through the vineyard. Paritua means the meandering stream above the ancient river. The vineyard is planted over the historical riverbed of the nearby Ngaruroro River which flowed through pre the 1860s earthquake. It is a name that also acknowledges the connection with the land and the people of New Zealand.

Supernatural Wine is a producer of certified organic, naturally vinified, low sulphur white and skin-fermented white wines from a north-facing hillside estate in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Supernatural Wine Co. obtained full organic certification with BioGro New Zealand (www.biogro.co.nz) in March 2015 and commenced biodynamic farming practices in 2015.

“Our philosophy relies on great terroir and traditional processes. We aim to make all of our wines as naturally as possible in order to produce true terroir driven wines. We use indigenous yeast gathered from our vineyard for fermentation and we add nothing to our wines other than a little sulphur before bottling. We do not fine our wines.”