Grava Martinborough 2015 Sauvignon, Riesling, Rosé and Pinot Noir

The word ’Grava’ refers to gravel in Spanish. Grava is the winegrowing venture of Alistair Gardner and Karla Falloon, who took over the Hudson Vineyard on Lake Ferry Road in Martinborough in November 2014. The site, 8 km south of the village is a little cooler than those of town and the soils, though stony, have a high water capacity which results in vigour. Alistair and Karla tend the vineyard with a view to controlling this. Of the 5.3 ha planted, there are 2 ha in Pinot Noir clones 777, 115 and Abel, 1.7 ha of Sauvignon Blanc and 1.5 ha of Riesling, yielding around 35 tonnes annually. The 2015 wines are Alistair and Karla’s first, and are made at the Alana facility, where Alistair also works. Alistair has extensive winemaking experience and continues to make wine in Spain regularly, as he has done since 2004, hence the name of their business. The couple are part of the new wave of arrivals in the Martinborough region which is revitalising the winemaking in the district. I visited Grava in April and my report can be accessed by clicking here. I review the 2015 Grava wines.


  • Grava Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Grava Martinborough Riesling 2015
  • Grava Martinborough Rosé 2015
  • Grava Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

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