Immigrant's Vineyard is owned and operated by Roland and Lucienne van der Wal. In 1986 they arrived into New Zealand from the Netherlands, just carrying a back- pack each. Over the ensuing years they worked in hospitality, owned their own restaurant, went into grocery retailing, all the while following the growth of the New Zealand wine industry. In 1999 Lucienne studied viticulture at the EIT in Hawkes Bay. It took a few more years to realise their dreams of owning a vineyard.
In 2013 they purchased the vineyard, renamed it Immigrant's Vineyard and set out to rebuild the somewhat neglected vineyard to its former glory.
At the moment 90% of the grapes are "contract grown" - the grapes are on-sold to wineries. Only a small portion is carefully selected and picked to be made into wines under their own label.
The vineyard is a safe-haven for all sorts of birds, including oyster catchers, plovers, ducks, paradise ducks, bell birds, shags, king fishers, NZ falcon, harriers and even a black swan.
One night we heard the cry of a Morepork (the New Zealand native owl), and early the next morning we saw it waiting on one of the posts. We decided to name our wine after this beautiful bird - RURU.
Immigrant's Vineyard are the winemakers of:
- Ruru Pinot Noir
- Ruru Rose
- Ruru Gewürztraminer
- Ruru Pinot Gris