Although Lazanou Organic Vineyards has just over 5 hectares under vineyard it boasts a variety of cultivars carefully chosen for their suitability to the microclimatic conditions and soils of the farm. Cultivars include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah (Shiraz) and Mourvedre.

Chenin Blanc originates from the Loire Valley in France and is ideally suited to the warmer climatic conditions of Wellington. Lazanou has two vineyards under Chenin Blanc. The oldest vineyard (vineyard 1), planted in 1987, is used for our premier barrel fermented single vineyard Chenin Blanc. The other vineyard (vineyard 8) is used for our Chenin Blanc/ Chardonnay/ Viognier blend.

Chardonnay originates from north-eastern France, notably Burgundy and Champagne. It is a popular cultivar internationally. Lazanou has two Chardonnay vineyards. One is used for our premier single vineyard Chardonnay (vineyard 2) and the other for our Chenin Blanc / Chardonnay/ Viognier blend (vineyard 3).

Viognier originates from the northern Rhone region in France. It is an increasingly fashionable cultivar internationally, particularly in blends with Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah. Lazanou has two Viognier vineyards (vineyard 7 & 9), grapes from which are used in our Chenin Blanc / Chardonnay/ Viognier blend.

Syrah, better known as Shiraz in South Africa and Australia, also originates from the northern Rhone region in France and is increasing in popularity internationally. Like its white counterpart (Viognier), it thrives in warmer climatic conditions such as Wellington. Lazanou has two vineyards under Syrah. One is used to produce our premier barrel matured single vineyard Syrah (vineyard 4) and the other (vineyard 5) for our northern Rhone style Syrah/ Mourvedre blend.

Mourvedre, internationally known by its French name, is of Spanish origin (monastrell). This cultivar is increasingly successful in serious southern French blends. Lazanou has one vineyard under Mourvedre (vineyard 6). Grapes from this vineyard are used to produce a northern Rhone style Syrah/ Mourvedre blend.

Vineyard 1
Cultivar: Chenin Blanc
Size: 0.60 hectare
Number of vines: 3,869
Planted: 1987
Rootstock: Richter 110
Clone: 320
Soils: Klapmuts 1120

Vineyard 2
Cultivar: Chardonnay
Size: 0.22 hectare
Number of vines: 955
Planted: 2004
Rootstock: Ramsey
Clone: CY95C
Soils: Vilafontes 2110

Vineyard 3
Cultivar: Chardonnay
Size: 0.84 hectare
Number of vines: 3,487
Planted: 2004
Rootstock: Ramsey
Clone: CY548A
Soils: Vilafontes 2120

Vineyard 4
Cultivar: Syrah
Size: 1.36 hectare
Number of vines: 5,775
Planted: 2004
Rootstock: 101-14
Clone: SH99B
Soils: Tukulu 2120
Vineyard 5
Cultivar: Syrah
Size: 1.05 hectare
Number of vines: 4,489
Planted: 2005
Rootstock: 101-14
Clone: SH9C
Soils: Klapmuts 1110
Vineyard 6
Cultivar: Mourvedre
Size: 0.42 hectare
Number of vines: 1,706
Planted: 2005
Rootstock: 101-14
Clone: MT114
Soils: Klapmuts 1110
Vineyard 7
Cultivar: Viognier
Size: 0.25 hectare
Number of vines: 989
Planted: 2007
Rootstock: 101-14
Clone: VR1A
Soils: Klapmuts 1110
Vineyard 8
Cultivar: Chenin Blanc
Size: 0.52 hectare
Number of vines: 2,260
Planted: 2005
Rootstock: Ramsey
Clone: SN1061B
Soils: Vilafontes 2110
Vineyard 9
Cultivar: Viognier
Size: 0.19 hectare
Number of vines: 828
Planted: 2005
Rootstock: 101-14
Clone: VR1A
Soils: Westleigh 1100