Robert Stadniczenko purchased Arapai Vineyard around 2008, the year his son Anton Stadniczenko graduated from Lincoln University, with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology. Anton immediately became apart of a graduate program for Penfolds Wines and moved to Australia for the next 10 years. Robert is now left with a vineyard and no viticulturist!
Anton finally returned home in 2018, accepting a job with Craggy Range and is now their Martinborough Vineyard Manager. His partner Hayley was born and raised in the Barossa Valley and has also worked in the wine industry for many years.
Together, along with Robert, they started Stad_ko Wines and in 2019 made their first wine.
Our Arapai Vineyard is located on what was originally the first sheep station in New Zealand. Arapai translates to ‘good way’ in Maori, referring to the how people used to navigate the land to the coast. Our small 4 hectare vineyard is just South of the Martinborough township in a sub appellation called Dry River Flats. We grow multiple clones of only Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with most of the vineyard being over 25 years old. A free draining, alluvial soil with a balanced mix of loam, pebbles and rocks provides a great backbone for structured wines.
Anton understands the important and unique relationship that the vine has with its surroundings. The vines, and therefore the grapes, will evolve and mature differently across parts of the vineyard depending on a number of factors: soil, climate and clone to name a few. He organises the grapes to be picked in different stages where possible, for optimum fruit quality and intense flavour profiles. We are as organic as possible, considering this is our lively hood. The vineyard is herbicide free, insecticide free and we try to be as soft as possible with fungicides (eg organic sulphurs). It is our philosophy to have minimal interventions with our fruit and wines. Our wines are uninoculated and minimal sulphur is added at bottling for preservation. All our wines are vegan.