Originally from California, Pieter discovered Hawke's Bay and its wines while travelling on a family vacation nearly 20 years ago. He was convinced that this idyllic little corner of the world was the perfect place to grow and produce Syrahs and Chardonnays of world-class quality, and has never looked back.
His passion for growing and creating his exceptional Hopes Grove wines, complete
from vine to bottle, unequivocally starts with the vineyard. In pursuit of the ideal terroir to plant these Burgundy and northern Rhone varietals, he found a forty-acre site of gently rolling, north facing, limestone slopes just outside Paki Paki, where he established the Hopes Grove vineyard in 2006. Small parcels of Pinot Noir and Viognier were included with the core Syrah and Chardonnay plantings to round out the stable of single vineyard, single variety wines.
Piet’s comprehensive, hands-on vineyard care has forged a strong foundation for his wine making. His philosophy that ‘less is more’, and that wine should reveal a pure expression of its unique terroir, is evident with his distinctive, delightful wines.
In his day job, Pieter works as Senior Winemaker at the Hawke's Bay Wine Company, helping to shape some of the other lovely wines that are enjoyed from our beautiful region.
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