Located within a lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury, Bell Hill vineyard is modelled on the high density plantings of vineyards in Burgundy, France.
The Quarry Block, which was the first to be planted, has 9,259 vines/ha, the steep, hillside Shelf Block has 11,111 vines/ha, the Limeworks Block has 9,090 vines/ha and the Steps has 12,500 vines/ha. The Roadblock, Slope and Westbank Blocks were planted in 2008-2009 and have 11,363 vines/ha. We now have just under 22,500 vines planted.
Bell Hill’s management style has a focus on traditional techniques and a high level of human input to ensure that the vines achieve their potential.
SOIL TYPE MAP
WH - Waikari hill soil, clay loam
Wvs - Waikari clay loam, very shallow phase
W2 - Waikari loam
Wr - Waikari clay loam, rocky phase
Wp - Waipara silt loam
Tp - Timpendean sandy loam
Om - Omihi clay loam