Boutique wine made from special parcels of fruit from our family-owned vineyard in Martinborough, New Zealand.


Robert Stadniczenko purchased Arapai Vineyard around 2008, the year his son Anton Stadniczenko graduated from Lincoln University, with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology. Anton immediately became apart of a graduate program for Penfolds Wines and moved to Australia for the next 10 years. Robert is now left with a vineyard and no viticulturist!

Fast forward 10 years and Anton finally returned home, accepting a job with Craggy Range and is now their Martinborough Vineyard Manager. He brought with him his partner Hayley Bartholomaeus, a born and raised Barrosian with only a taste for big reds! 

In 2019 Anton and his partner Hayley started Stad_ko Wines, using fruit from Roberts Arapai Vineyard.

Arapai Vineyard is located on what was originally the first sheep station in New Zealand. Arapai translates to ‘good way’ in Maori, referring to the how people used to navigate the land to the coast.

The vineyard is just 3 hectares in size and located South of the Martinborough township in a sub-appellation called Dry River Flats. Containing multiple clones of only Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with most of the vineyard being over 25 years old. A free draining, alluvial soil with a balanced mix of loam, pebbles and rocks; these provide a great backbone for structured wines.

Anton understands the important and unique relationship that the vine has with its surroundings. The vines, and therefore the grapes, will evolve and mature differently across parts of the vineyard depending on a number of factors: soil, climate and clone to name a few.

The grapes are picked in different stages where possible, for optimum fruit quality and intense flavour profiles. The vineyard is herbicide free, insecticide free and as soft as possible with fungicides (eg organic sulphurs). It is Stad_ko's philosophy to have minimal interventions with our fruit and wines.

Wines are uninoculated and minimal sulphur is added at bottling for preservation.

All wines are vegan.


2021 Pinot Noir Rosé

Focusing on thoughtful, minimal intervention wines this dry, aromatic rosé has an appealing fresh red cherry and plum character with plenty of mouth-watering, succulent summer fruit.
Jane Skilton MW, GT Wine


2020 Chardonnay

This is a minerally Chardonnay with balanced fruit, enriched by spice and flint barrel-fermentation details on a creamy MLF mouthfeel. 93pts. 
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews


2020 Pinot Noir

Buoyant and bold with plenty of dark berry and plum fruit and a juicy, yet savoury, flavour. Very appealing with real energy and lift. Not for the long haul but an absolutely delight in the short to medium term. 92pts.
Jane Skilton MW, GT Wine


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