Two Paddocks, Central Otago
“There is a commonly held view that really you should just do one bloody thing in your life”Sam Neill - Actor, Proprietor, Wine Producer
Two Paddocks started life when Sam Neill planted a few acres in Gibbston in 1993. The first vintage was 1997, and it was good enough to encourage Neill to plant a bit more in 1998, bringing the vineyard up to 5 hectares. Subsequent expansion led to the addition of two vineyards in Alexandra: the 3 hectare Alex Paddock that makes the ‘Last Chance’, and a 60 hectare farm in the Earnscleugh Valley called Redbanks, which is now the centre of operations and has just under 6 hectares of vines.
The wines are made at the Central Otago Wine Company (in which Neill has an interest) by Dean Shaw.
Two Paddocks is dedicated to producing sustainable, ecologically sound wine – no pesticides or fungicides are used on the vines. Whilst the crew are by no means wide-eyed zealots, they do believe in healthy, compost-enriched soil and a ‘good healthy vine to make exceptional wine’ philosophy.