Nestled between the braided Waitaki River and the lower reaches of the St. Marys Range, you will find a boutique vineyard belonging to Gary Marsh and Marg Eton-Marsh.
Searching for a weekend retreat in the winter of 2017, Gary and Marg were drawn to an abandoned vineyard in the picturesque Waitaki Valley. Little Domett Estate is now a place where their passions converge. A shared appreciation for good wine, a desire to be in nature, collective ample drive and determination brought the abandoned vineyard back from the brink.
The 3.3 hectare vineyard is planted in premium vine stock clones, designed to produce low to medium yields and those suited to the Otiake terroir. Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Gewürztraminer varieties were planted in 2006. The vineyard was first harvested in 2010 with a vintage of Riesling. Gary and Marg planted 0.5 hectare of Pinot Noir in 2018.
Little Domett Estate's goal is to sustainably produce wines which are balanced, elegant and with the fruit purity of the Otiake terroir.
Being competitive trail runners with backgrounds in horticulture and operations management their new venture drew on their commonalities including a strong work ethic, resilience and optimism. The pair continue to be hands-on in the business and vineyard. Gary and Marg strive to reap the rewards of their passion and commitment to producing great wine.