Having collected vine stock from Spain and France, Busby first began his plantings in Australia during the 1820s.
In March 1832, however, Busby was appointed ‘British Resident’ of New Zealand, which necessitated a move to the then centre of New Zealand trade and commerce, the Bay of Islands.
Over 160 years later, New Zealand has developed a well-earned reputation for world-class wines, with Omata Estate continuing Busby’s tradition of bold, rich, full-bodied wines.
Omata has plantings of Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris grapes. Each of the varieties have been planted in selected sites within vineyard to maximize the microclimates and the soils effect on the wines.
Omata’s vines grow on clay slopes within a stone’s throw of the ocean – the sea breeze maintaining a long and even season. All the wines are produced using traditional techniques. Omata’s vines are carefully hand tended, with low cropping levels, to produce stunning wines from this unique site.
With a touch over 6,500 vines Omata Estate is an all year round operation for viticulturalist Bruce Soland and his assistant ‘Boy’
Address: 212 Aucks road, Russell
Tel: 09 403 8007
Opening Hours: Cellar door open 7 days 11am to 5 pm, Restaurant open October – May