One of Marlborough’s pioneering winemakers, Kevin Judd’s appreciable career is intrinsically linked with the global path of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Kevin’s personal venture, Greywacke (pronounced “grey-wacky”), was unveiled in 2009, fulfilling a long-held dream for himself and wife Kimberley. Named after New Zealand’s prolific bedrock, Greywacke was originally adopted as the name of the Judds’ first vineyard in Rapaura, whose soils
had an abundance of these river stones. Now living in the Omaka Valley overlooking Marlborough’s striking patchwork of vines, Kevin sources fruit from mature vineyards in the
central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. Alongside winemaking, Kevin’s talent for photography has seen his evocative images appear in countless publications
worldwide, and inevitably, take pride of place on the labels of his solo winemaking venture –– the synthesis of his dual passions.
Bound by the Pacific Ocean to the east and towering mountain ranges to the north, this
north-eastern corner of the South Island boasts a broad alluvial plain and steep valleys of favorable northerly aspect. In cool, sunny conditions, Marlborough grapes enjoy a long, slow ripening period with marked diurnal temperature swings that build intensity, retain structure, and enhance color development. The diverse collection of soils has a great impact on style and quality, and while New Zealand does not have a designated national rock, if one were chosen it would undoubtedly be greywacke. Kevin sources fruit from mature, sustainably farmed viticultural sites in the central Wairau Plains and Southern Valleys, collaborating with growers on organic initiatives, the use of cover crops, under-vine weeding and composting, as well as yield-restricting viticultural techniques and intense canopy management regimes.