MOKO HILLS

Our place in Gibbston means we are lucky to have a wide range of visitors here to enjoy a range of beautiful wine from our region. Moko Hills arrival to our cellar door as a wine club exclusive wine, is monumental for us, as we look to consciously support young and local talent in our region to further their wine careers. 

Kinross is extremely proud to offer wine from Moko Hills, as they craft their inaugural vintage at Bendigo. Head winemaker Donald van der Westhuizen has been noted by many in the industry as a rising star. After obtaining a Masters in Ecosystem Ecology, Donald worked as a Research Ecologist throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific. He returned to the University of Auckland to redirect his focus and complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Wine Science on Waiheke Island, later cementing his passion through vintages in Central Otago, Oregon and Burgundy, France.

This synergy of skills between conservation and winemaking means Donald has a real vision to encourage and enhance the unique natural landscape of Bendigo, conserving and restoring its beauty for subsequent generations to explore and be inspired. In one word - kaitiakitanga. This is a vision that will span Donald's lifetime and hopefully many more lifetimes after him. 

So - please enjoy this beautiful wine. Reviews are coming in thick and fast for these elegant, unique wines. We would love to have you here to taste these wines, please email our team at wine@kinross.nz to arrange a tasting anytime.