Two Paddocks was established in 1993 by Irish born itinerant actor, Sam Neill. It is the only winery in Central Otago to now own boutique vineyard sites in the three main valleys of Central Otago.
Initially though, Sam bought a paddock in Gibbston and aimed to grow a small amount of his favourite grape for friends and family. His good pal, bought the paddock next door and so “Two Paddocks” was born. Of note, 1993 was very early days in the life of modern Central Otago winegrowing – it was still a leap of faith back then. Nowadays the region is 80% planted in pinot noir and is arguably New Zealand’s most successful region with the variety.
Two Paddocks is now four small vineyards in the Gibbston and Alexandra (Earscleugh) and most recently Bannockburn, sub-regions of Central Otago. Sustainably arccredited, the vineyards are grown within a holistic farming model, which aims to naturally recycle all farm animal and vine by-products back into composts and nutrient rich soil enhancers that are then applied back to the vineyards.
By Jeremie Sery. Filmed at (and above) all four of Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks’ vineyards, this movie celebrates the 2015 grape harvest and the beauty of New Zealand.