Poderi Crisci Vineyard and Winery, set in a stunning amphitheatre surrounded by vines and olive trees, has fast become the quintessence of what in Italy is called: Agroturismo. Located 30 minutes from Matiatia in Awaawaroa Bay, Poderi Crisci occupies 7.7 hectares of north-facing slopes in the heart of Waiheke’s unique wine growing microclimate. The narrow rocky strip underlying Poderi Crisci is believed to be 30 million years older than the rest of the Island, boasting soil criss-crossed with mineralised veins. 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 in 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 Michael Ross, Vineyard Manager. Mike shares Antonio’s passion of food, wine and for Poderi Crisci. He has been in the hospitality industry for many years and spent 12 years with Viv and Antonio at Toto and Non Solo Pizza prior to moving to the Island in 2007. 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. Vineyard
We are a small family owned vineyard and winery on picturesque Waiheke Island, just off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. Our venture into the art of wine making fist started with Merlot; however we now offer a variety of wines to satisfy any wine connoisseur.
We have discovered a special place to grow our unique wines. On a narrow rocky strip of land that is believed to be 30 million years older than the rest of the Island, we have planted our 10 acre vineyard.
Our site is a north facing slope of stony clay soil studded with manganese nodules. Being boutique in size allows us to carry out most of the vineyard work by hand.
Our focus is on quality above all else. All the fruit used for Poderi Crisci wines is estate grown and selectively hand harvested. The grapes are sorted at the vine to ensure that only the very best fruit comes into the winery, a second more intensive sorting process is then carried out prior to crushing.