Pyramid Valley Vineyards is a biodynamic vineyard in North Canterbury that was established in 2000. With approximately 25,000 plants on the 2.2 hectares planted, Pyramid Valley follows the most meticulous detail in producing the best possible Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the limestone soils, which make up the exclusive, iconic Home Collection Range. The Growers Collection completes the portfolio with interesting varietals from highly regarded vineyards in Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago. All varietals are either organically or biodynamically farmed. Mike and Claudia Elze Weersing came to New Zealand in 1996, when Mike began making wine with Tim and Judy Finn at Neudorf Vineyards in Nelson. After a long and intensive 15 year search to find a site for their own vineyard, they purchased a farm in the Pyramid Valley, near Waikari in North Canterbury. Claudia was born in Schleswig, Germany, and moved as a child to the U.S. She has studied fashion design, and was a skilled designer in the early 1990’s while also managing a gourmet deli in Wooodside California where she met Mike. Mike studied oenology and viticulture in Burgundy, beginning at the Lycee Viticole in Beaune, and continuing at the Universite de Bourgogne in Dijon. He has worked extensively in the vineyards and cellars of Europe, for producers such as Hubert de Montille, Domaine de la Pousse d’Or, and Nicolas Potel in Burgundy; Jean-Michel Deiss and Marc Kreydenweiss in Alsace; and Ernst Loosen in the Mosel.