Harakeke Farm is a small family owned vineyard in the Harakeke district of Upper Moutere, Nelson. Joanne Costar & Andrew Sutherland make small quantities of Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their 3 hectare vineyard – a truly family owned boutique vineyard.
The farm consists of 3 Hectares of grapes and an expanding range of fruit trees and they harvested grapes for the first time in April of 2010 for the Harakeke Farm label. It has taken over 5 years from planting the first vines to harvesting the grapes and turning them into the Harakeke 2010 Pinot Noir, 2010 Chardonnay and 2011 Riesling.
In addition to farming the productive areas of their 13 hectare property they are also embarking on a long term planting project to reintroduce native plants like flax (Harakeke), Cabbage trees, Totara, Kanuka and Manuka to the steeper hill sides and swampy gully floors.
Harakeke is the Maori name for NZ Flax or Phormium Tenax. They have chosen this name not only because it is where the vineyard is but also because they are gradually replanting the low lying areas of their farm with Harakeke along with other natives.