Cable Bay Vineyards was established in 1996 and is owned by a small group of wine enthusiasts who are all passionate about creating world-class wines. Their modern feature winery and restaurant are on Waiheke Island and have magnificent views across vineyards down to the Hauraki Gulf framed by Auckland city’s skyline. With a spread of carefully selected vineyard sites Cable Bay is to able produce wines with added complexity. This vineyard focus, combined with traditional, low intervention wine making techniques produces elegant and balanced wines with layers of interest that evolve in the glass.
Winemaker and co-owner Neill Culley is one of New Zealand’s most respected winemakers, with over twenty year’s of wine making experience. His wine making philosophy is to focus first and foremost on the vineyards, understanding and respecting their unique characteristics.
The climate on Waiheke Island is moderate with gentle breezes drawn up from the waterways and valleys to replace the rising warm air. Cable Bay have six vineyards on Waiheke Island located at the western end of the island. Taking an environmentally considerate approach to vineyard establishment, the vine row orientation matches the natural contours of each location. Plantings are higher density than conventional vineyards, with trellis design that optimises fruit quality. Marlborough is New Zealand’s sunniest region, with much of the area sheltered by high country to the west, south and in some areas to the east. The climate is warm, dry and settled in the summer and although winter days often start with a frost, it’s usually mild overall. Cable Bay source grapes from vineyards located in the Brancott, Omaka and Raupara areas, and this diversity of sites enables them to blend to consistent styles every vintage.