Anton and Hayley started Stad_ko Wines in 2019 using fruit from the Arapai Vineyard, which has been family owned for almost two decades.
Anton has been working as a Viticulturist since 2008 after completing his study at Lincoln University. He went onto work for Penfolds Wines in Australia, which is where we met. Hayley was born and raised in the Barossa Valley in South Australia and grew up on the Chateau Yaldara Estate. We moved to New Zealand in 2018 and live in Martinborough with our two daughters, Mackenzie and Quinn.
We are passionate about growing grapes and making wine and do this so we can share our wines with family and friends.
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 3 hectare vineyard is just South of the Martinborough township in a sub appellation called Dry River Flats. We grow multiple clones of 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.
We manage vineyard operations ourselves, with the help of friends and family.
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.