Felton Road

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Felton Road excels in creating exceptional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling in the remote township of Bannockburn, New Zealand. Their commitment to small-scale, biodynamic viticulture ensures every bottle reflects the purity and essence of their unique landscape.

Founded in 1991, Felton Road has quickly risen to the top, championing eco-friendly practices long before they became a trend. With vineyards thriving under the strictest biodynamic principles, certified by Demeter and BioGro, they lead by example in sustainable winemaking.

Their wines, crafted with minimal intervention in a gravity-flow winery, stand out for their authenticity and quality. Felton Road's dedication to natural processes, including the use of wild yeasts and avoidance of fining and filtration, allows for a pure expression of terroir.

With accolades from wine lovers and critics worldwide, Felton Road's Pinot Noirs are especially celebrated, alongside their vibrant Chardonnays and Rieslings. They not only capture the essence of Central Otago but also set a benchmark for sustainable viticulture and minimal intervention winemaking.

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The Felton Road story starts back in 1991 when Stewart Elms planted a vineyard at the end of Felton Road in Bannockburn. He did this while studying viticulture and wine-making, the oldest student in the class. The teacher placed all of the students into pairs and Stewart was teamed up with the youngest student, a prodigy called Blair Walter, who impressed Stewart so much that in 1997 he persuaded Blair to leave Rippon Estate and become head wine-maker at Felton Road. Not long after this (in 2000) the domaine was bought by Englishman Nigel Greening, owner of the neighbouring Cornish Point vineyard. Within a few years the land was being farmed biodynamically (certified by Demeter) and Blair’s wines were garnering international acclaim.


The Bannockburn range of wines (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling) are assembled from various plots in the 32-hectare estate, with the best blocks vinified as separate cuvées. Then there are single vineyard Pinot Noirs from the Calvert Vineyard and Cornish Point Vineyard, although the fruit from the latter is shared with fellow premium wineries Pyramid Valley and Craggy Range. In the winery, the style is hands-off. The Pinot Noirs are always made with a proportion of the stems, which varies depending on the vintage, fermentations are spontaneous and there is no fining or filtration.

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Awards & Press Our Latest Awards

Decanter Best Specialist Retailer USA 2022,  Decanter and IWC Specialist Merchant of the Year 2019 for our USA range.

Awards
Decanter Retailer Awards | Best USA Specialist
International Wine Challenge 2019 | Specialist Merchant of the Year USA

Roberson has 'bust out dancing' from the pandemic, its USA range outstanding in California but also beyond, and its achingly cool events featuring Californian tacos, live graffiti and 'the sweet beat of retro vinyl'.

Decanter Retailer Awards 2022