Marlborough is a land of abundance. Abundance in wine making, in a region celebrated for its increasing depth of varieties. In beauty and sunshine, an arresting, picturesque and geographically diverse setting. And in lifestyle choices, making this one strikingly unique place to be.
The heart of New Zealand's wine industry, this is our home.
Region: Marlborough offers a lifestyle many only dream of. The region provides an ideal climate mixed with the best of New Zealand hospitality, against a backdrop soaked in coastline, mountains, dry hills, alluvial plains and native forests.
Weather: One of New Zealand’s sunniest and driest regions, Maori referred to the Wairau Valley as ‘the place with the hole in the cloud’. Our cool and dry climate are due to our topography, bisected by the Wairau Valley and the Richmond Ranges.
Soils: The Johnson family chose the Spy Valley terroir back in 1993 for its stony, free draining riverbed terrain. Today, the fertile soil of our vineyards supports a range of wine varieties and styles and lends our wine its unique flavour. Terraced vines enjoy both rocky riverside gravels and deeper clay and silt soils across the Spy Valley estate.
Wine & Food: Marlborough is dotted with vineyards and cellar doors offering tastings and dining amongst the vines. Take a tour or jump on a bike to enjoy the best the region has to offer – an abundance of fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables. Take a basketful home to prepare for yourself, or relax in one of the dozens of local cafes and restaurants.
Location: Waihopai isn’t the sort of place you stumble across. Hidden in the depths of the Wairau Valley, we share our home with an international satellite communications monitoring station - a spy base. It’s an intriguing part of the world, and one we invite you to venture into . . . if you can find us.