Fairhall Downs – A Family Wine Estate

Fairhall Downs Family Estate was established by Ken and Jill Small in 1982 when they planted on 8 ha in the Fairhall River Valley. In 1994 they formed a partnership with daughter Julie and her husband Stuart Smith, and the first Fairhall Downs wines were made with the 1996 vintage. Nowadays the estate, on Wrekin Road at the head of the Brancott Valley covers 32 ha. Both Ken and Stuart come from agricultural backgrounds which have stood them in good stead to take on the viticultural aspects of the operation. The wines are made by the highly experienced Brian Bicknell of Mahi. The overriding philosophy is operating as a family business, where "small is beautiful” (pun intended, no doubt), and the wines faithfully represent the single vineyard estate. www.fairhalldowns.co.nz

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