For our newest project, Valkyie collaborated with Sugar Loaf Winery, a 26-hectare estate, home to some of the oldest vines in Marlborough. The estate is in Blenheim, located in the Wairau Valley, known for its old, gravely riverbed soils. The vineyards are carefully divided into management blocks specific to soil type, vine age and character. The farming and growing philosophy is of a “light touch”: they take a 100-year view on every decision they make on the farm and vineyards, farming in the best way they know how with the goal of leaving their lands in better shape than when they began. The estate is certified sustainable in the vineyards and winery through Sustainable Wine Growing NZ.