Three Fates is the winegrowing and winemaking project of Holly Girven Russell, Casey Motley, and Hester Nesbitt. Joining forces in 2020 we took on the farming of a small hillside vineyard in Maraekakaho, Hawke's Bay. With fruit quality and vine health as the focus, we have been working by hand with the help of a dedicated crew of friends and family.
For now our wines are tucked away finishing up their fermenting in barrels, puncheons, bottles, and a few rogue kegs. We can't wait to show you what we've made.
In Greek Mythology the Three Fates, or Moirai, were the incarnations of destiny. They controlled the mother thread of life of every mortal from birth to death. They were independent, at the helm of necessity, directed fate, and watched that the fate assigned to every being by eternal laws might take its course without obstruction.
Clotho (spinner) spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle, Lachesis (allotter) measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod, Atropos (inevitable) was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of each person's death; and when their time was come, she cut their life-thread with her shears.
We embody the Three Fates as we bring the dormant vineyard to life in spring and weave our way through the season until the thread is cut and our vinous bounty becomes wine.