Eaton Wines, a boutique producer in Marlborough, was established in 2014 after the families departure from the TerraVin brand which they had established in 1999.
The entire family, Mike, Jo and sons Harrison and Blake, all play a part in this premium wine label. Mike’s involvement in the New Zealand wine industry started in 1981 and with his wife Jo, Mike established some of New Zealand’s most renowned Pinot Noir vineyards (Clayvin, Clay Hills, Outpost, Calrossie) and the TerraVin wine brand.
Mike manages the nutrition and disease programs for premium growers throughout Marlborough and Nelson, consulting to over 1,500 hectares. Among these growers, Mike selects small parcels from exceptional sites, and with Harrison and Blake, hand tends their selected areas. Extremely small batches are produced from these meticulously cared for sites – a maximum of 1,200 bottles are made of each wine.
Eaton Wines’ philosophy is “Winemaking is also a family affair as all participate in hand-harvest through to bottling by hand onsite. Eaton winemaking is about respecting the fruit, allowing wild yeasts to ferment the wines with no other additions. This philosophy extends to blending and “marriage” where wines are settled naturally, and a small Sulphur addition is made prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered.”