Our Story

We are guardians of our land and look to continuous improvement of our soils and site, through organic management, developing biodiversity and looking after the people who look after our site. Wine is our expression of our place, we therefore pursue a path where this can be best reflected.

Carrick was founded by Barbara and Steve Green who planted a rabbit infested block of land in Bannockburn, on the shores of the yet to be filled Lake Dunstan in 1994. The Greens' knowledge was academic, but they loved pinot noir and were inspired by the pioneers Alan Brady and Rolf Mills in the early 1990s. The name 'Carrick' is derived from the gold-mining town and the mountain range to which the estate points.  

Bannockburn sits at the southern end of the Cromwell Basin at the intersection of the Bannockburn inlet and Kawarau River. The site was formed as a result of glacial action over millions of years. The prevailing northerly winds have deposited a thick layer of this glacial loess over the bedrock at Carrick. 

When Carrick was planted, the land was home to a few merinos, rabbits, thyme and lichens. Today our 24ha of vines are certified Organic through Biogro and our company is certified Sustainable by SWNZ. Carrick's winery and restaurant was completed in 2002 and features an underground cellar, home to about 500 barrels.

 

 

 

The Carrick Bend

The Carrick Bend, a nautical knot, is the symbol that embodies the Carrick philosophy of grape growing and wine making. The tying of the knot signifies the bringing together of our viticulture, our winemaking and “our place” which includes Carrick vineyards with the historic and geographic icons of the neighbourhood - the Carrick mountain range, the Carrick Riding and the Carrick Goldfields.