Vintage Summary 2013 This year we have decided to provide just the facts regarding the vintage followed by a brief commentary from me. Much like our wine, the facts speak for themselves. November: Above normal wind and temperature and below normal rainfall (4 days - 35.5 mm). December: Above normal temperature and below...

Making great wines is like making great art. Each year Mother Nature provides a new canvas and a constellation of challenges to inspire the Destiny Bay team. Retaining the signature qualities of complexity, balance and elegance while reflecting the unique character of each vintage, is grist for our creative expression. The...

The 2011 vintage began with higher than normal levels of rain in September. October improved dramatically, starting off cool but warming up towards the end of the month. The good weather extended into November leading to excellent flowering across all varieties. The end of December brought a heavy rain shower, but...

Few clues to the ultimate success of the 2010 vintage were revealed early in the season.  October was a typically windy and wet month.  In November the weather pattern took a strange turn. It was considerably drier than normal but much of the month was consumed with grey, cold, windy,...

Blustery and wet conditions in October signaled an inauspicious start to the 2009 growing season. However, weather patterns stabilized in November with slightly above average warmth and average rainfall producing normal flowering. Warm, dry conditions in early December pointed toward another stunning year as we saw one of our best ever...

Spring brings promise and optimism to the vineyard. Subtle shifts in temperature and rainfall provide early clues to a vintage’s fate. Bud break and early growth in 2008 was uneventful. Mild conditions in late August and September yielded to scattered rain in October that proved only a minor inconvenience to...

The 2007 growing season presented the greatest weather challenge ever faced by Destiny Bay. Two ferocious storms battered the vineyard early in the season followed by above average rainfall, wind and cool temperature during late flowering. Compromised flowering and reduced fruit set meant a smaller than desirable crop. However, the...

The exceptionally warm spring and summer of 2006 produced growing conditions that exceeded even the standard set by 2005 a vintage heralded by many as the best of the decade. Calm, warm, and dry spring weather created an ideal platform for fruit set. An abundance of large bunches with evenly set...

The 2005 vintage was a milestone for Destiny Bay Vineyards. Mature vines and new plantings flourished in ideal weather conditions on Waiheke Island. Adding to the excitement of optimal growing conditions was the arrival of the first fruit from new Cabernet Sauvignon clones. In combination with fruit from earlier plantings, the...