Don & Kindeli
Alex Craighead started Don and Kindeli Wines with his partner Josefina Venturino in Martinborough in 2014 and the journey so far has been an incredible one.
In the early days Alex was still working as a winemaker for a winery in Martinborough, and on the side had been taking fruit from a few different regions and even splitting the winemaking between two islands. Nowadays, Don & Kindeli Wines has become Alex’s primary focus, all of his fruit comes from organically farmed vineyards in Nelson that he either owns or leases, and he now has complete control over all inputs in his wine from farming and winemaking through to bottling and labelling.
Simply put, the changes made over the last few years have led to better quality wines and with hand on heart we can say the wines are incredibly well-made with honesty, integrity and purity.
Stylistically, Don Wines are more serious, more structured, and more terroir-focused, while Kindeli wines are more of a departure from the expected with less conventional winemaking methods and blends that offer plenty of character, freshness and sheer drinkability. All of Alex’s wines are honest, energetic, farmed with integrity and made with as little interference as possible, right down to be being made entirely without preservative (sulphur dioxide) – something the conservative drinker might never realise – but like our best producers in France it's just one of the many features of working with a great natural winegrower.
Annual production: 2,000 cases
Nelson, New Zealand