Starborough Creek Vineyard development has been comprehensively assessed and developed with a view to its future use as a commercial vineyard. That includes securing a water right and constructing a four-hectare reservoir to store water from the Starborough Creek which is now filling prior to Council code compliance being issued. Initial scoping reports have identified further potential water storage sites which would be of huge benefit to downstream vineyard operations.
The unrestricted consent to take 300,000m3 water from the Starborough Creek, which fills the reservoir, is of a higher clarity than other major schemes, which is a huge insurance policy given predictions that the current dry conditions are set to become more prevalent.
Clear creek water from the farm's own catchment, unlike water from the nearby Awatere River, which can be more cloudy, and therefore problematic for irrigation infrastructure. With an annual rainfall of 800 millimetres, across a catchment of 3.5sq km, there is more than enough water to fill the reservoir, giving a high degree of reliability for any consequential irrigation use, well above projected requirements for grape production.
A viticultural consultant's assessment undertaken in 2018 indicates that the soils, climate, water supply and location suit the property development for good commercial or commercial premium wines, across some 110 hectares of the farm. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are identified in the assessment as the most likely grape varieties to thrive on the land.
Development blocks with good rights to water such as this remain in demand from corporate buyers and are at a premium among corporate viticulture interests and investors. This is a unique opportunity for a gilt-edged water right and water storage dam second to none in the district, offering an excellent opportunity to plant grapes on a significant scale in a strategic location.
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20 Westwood Ave, Blenheim