Our story began with one man, a local winemaker. For him, it wasn’t a desire for fame and fortune, but a passion to craft the very best wine from Marlborough’s beautiful natural surroundings. Since our first vintage in 1994, this remains unchanged.
Taking our name from the landmark Wither Hills range that borders our vineyards, our philosophy is founded on the belief that the finest wines are always created from exceptional vineyards, representing their sense of place.
With vineyards throughout the Marlborough region, our viticultural team work together with our winemakers to produce the premium quality fruit from which we craft our range of Wither Hills wines.
Three of our vineyards are particularly special to us: Rarangi, Taylor River and Benmorven – which produce our premium Single Vineyard range of wines. These character-driven wines demonstrate the synergy between region, vineyard, variety and our winemakers defining our unique sense of place.
Where the vines are cooled by the delicate sea breeze, Rarangi Vineyard combines a spectacular site situated 600 metres from the coastline, interlaced with native wetlands and a unique mixture of soils – pea gravels to uplifted seabed. Rarangi is also home to our Wetlands Conservation Project.
Where the vines drink from the river that carves through the valley, Taylor River Vineyard, situated directly behind the Wither Hills winery, is planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. One of two estate vineyards which supply fruit for our Wither Hills Pinot Noir, the site is comprised of old river bed, silt and clay loam which provides great structure to our wines.
Where the hills stand watch over the grapes that grow beneath them, Benmorven Vineyard is 100% clay, tucked into the foothills of the Wither Hills range. It has a uniquely protected microclimate, perfect for our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.