About Two Buckets

Two Buckets is a micro-boutique vineyard owned and run by Duncan and Barbi McFarlane with the help of their sheep shearing family. The very first Pinot Noir grapes were planted in 2002 on the lawns of a premier housing site in Wanaka. The fruit is lovingly cared for by hand and the vines produced their first harvest in 2007, filling just two buckets of grapes… and thanks to their friends making fun of them, the name Two Buckets stuck!


Although the first harvest produced a not so fruitful amount of grapes, Duncan soldiered on! His love for Pinot Noir was too strong and today the little boutique vineyard produces juicy, lush and high quality Pinot Noir grapes. The vines are all Bordeaux clones, planted on a north facing slope that looks to the lake. The fruit is treated to long sunny days and cool nights. Two Buckets put their winemaking in the good hands Maude Wines, winner of New Zealand’s Best Pinot Noir 2017.

Love, passion and humour are the three things that shaped who Two Buckets are today. They are also the three things Duncan and Barbi believe make the very best Pinot Noir, and how could we disagree?

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Awards, Honours & Medals
2010 Vintage

BRONZE: The annual Spiegalau International Wine Competition is firmly positioned in the international Wine Competition year. Judged in Marlborough New Zealand by a selection of both New Zealand and Australian wine judges.

BRONZE: Easter Show Wine Awards 2013. The diversification of New Zealand wine into high level world ranking was highlighted during the 2013 judging at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds of the country’s longest running wine competition, the Easter Show Wine Awards. The principal impression taken by Master of Wine Sam Harrop, an expatriate New Zealander who co-chairs one of the world’s largest international wine competitions, the International Wine Challenge judged annually in London.

2014 Vintage

Wine maker of Two Buckeys 2014 Pinot Noir, Maude Wines, have recently won two trophies for their own 2014 Pinot Noir – The Spiegelau International Eurovintage Trophy for Portfolio Excellence along with the Mike Wolter Memorial trophy from the Bragato Wine Awards.

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