ESTABLISHED IN 1997, BELL HILL VINEYARD IS AN AREA LAYERED WITH HISTORY.
Bell Hill itself, so named for its bell-like shape on its southern side, was first surveyed in 1917 by Charles Trounce who went on to establish a lime quarry that operated until the late 1930s. However the history of the area goes back much further than that. Maori first explored Weka Pass around 1000 years ago, when the area was still forested and rich in birdlife. A large overhanging limestone shelter in the pass was used as a temporary overnight camp and early Maori rock art decorates its walls.
MARCEL & SHERWYN
At the end of 1995, after six months in Europe, Marcel and Sherwyn returned to New Zealand and set themselves the goal of finding a plot of land where they could grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with limestone soil derived characteristics which can be defined by structure, acidity and longevity.
FIRST EVER PROMOTION TO 5 STARS BELL HILL VINEYARD
We are proud to announce the first ever promotion to 5 stars! Bell Hill Vineyard joins Ata Rangi, Felton Road and Mt Difficulty at the pinnacle of our classification. Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen’s North Canterbury vineyard is the first outside of Martinborough and Central Otago to achieve this status. North Canterbury has now cemented its reputation as a hotbed of some of the finest Pinot Noir south of the equator.
Announcing the Fourth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification 2011
MATTHEW JUKES AND TYSON STELZER, TASTE 2011