Poderi vineyard and winery lies on 7.7 hectares in a north facing slope set in a shelter amphitheatre-fashion like valley on a narrow rocky strip believed to be 30 million set years older than the rest of the Island with soil often criss-crossed with mineralise vein and stained with iron and manganese oxides. MORE
Poderi Crisci is located 20 minutes from Oneroa and 10 minutes from Onetangi, in Awaawaroa Bay and lies on 7.7 hectares in a north facing slope set in a sheltered amphitheatre-fashion like valley on a narrow rocky strip believed to be 30 million set years older than the rest of the Island with soil often criss-crossed with mineralise vein and stained with iron and manganese oxides.
We have an Italian influence in style and a respect of nature with a minimal intervention on the wine making process. We carry out all of the vineyard work by hand with our focus on quality above all else. With fruit estate grown and selectively hand harvested the grapes are extensively sorted in the vineyard to ensure that only the very best fruit comes into the winery, a second more intensive sorting process is then carried out prior the crushing, finished with a natural melalactic and aged in in French oak barrique with a 25% of new oak for the red variety. This year we will have the first vintage of Arneis that as our already acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio will resemble in stile the old world wine and we are anxious to see the progress of our Nebbiolo.
For four generations the Crisci family has been immersed in food and wine, Antonio born and raised in Napoli came to NZ in early 1990 and established Toto Restaurant in Nelson Street. With his partner Vivienne Farnell they opened Non Solo Pizza, an institution in Parnell since 1997 and Bar Vino in 2009.
They have owned the vineyard for 5 years. Antonio, a visionary, has transformed the Waiheke vineyard into a place people will visit to wine, dine and have "layers of experience".
They have two daughters, Bella and Marilena and a vineyard cat – Filippo Gatto Crisci
James Boyle, Restauant and Functions Manager.
James shares Antonio’s passion of food, wine and Poderi Crisci. He has been in the hospitality industry for many years and previously ran Non Solo Pizza 10 years ago
Herb Freidl, winemaker
A well known Waiheke entity in the vineyard community Herb works with Antonio on the Poderi wines. This collaboration brings synergy,passion and vision to the cellar.
Claire Mummery, Head Gardener
A 20 year veteran of gardening, Claire has a passion of providing fresh food for the kitchen
Mike, Seth, Bruce, Nikki, Rose & Muscha (K9)
The Team at Poderi who all have passion and believe in what we call agro torismo
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We are a small boutique vineyard, originally planted in Merlot, through planting and grafting the estate now boasts Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Nebbiolo, Syrah, Montepulciano and Arneis varieties to provide a better representation of Antonio’s homeland Italy. Our small 1,000 case production guarantees you will only find our wines in some of New Zealand's specialist wine stores and a small number of restaurants.
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