Hare’s Run wines are crafted from grapes hand-picked from the oldest vines in the Dakins Road area of Gladstone, Wairarapa.
Our wines are made in the traditional French style by winemaker Alastair Gardner, barrel-aged in oak before bottling. Alastair makes wine with a level of craft that can’t be mass produced, so each vintage our production is limited.
Our viticulturist is James Bell, a marine biologist, who uses lessons learned from his career in ecology to manage the vines and achieve balance in the vineyard ecosystem.
You can taste the unique Dakins Road terroir in our wine. Each season the roots of our vines reach deeper into the Ruamahanga River gravels, which gives Hare’s Run its distinctive, flinty minerality.
Hare’s Run is owned by James, his partner Claire, and their two children, Poppy and John. They live alongside the vineyard block, which they share with several families of fast running hares.