Auntsfield Estate is the home of Marlborough's first colonial vineyard and winery. The original vineyard was established in 1873 and made highly regarded wine for over 50 years. The dramatic hillside vineyard with its unique variety of soils is again producing premium wines under the guidance of the Cowley family. The proud heritage of the land is the inspiration to produce exciting handcrafted wines of balance and individuality that display the special terrior of this historic Marlborough vineyard.

They planted blocks of the property with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, taking real care to select the best plots for each. They now have around 100 acres planted on north-facing slopes on Greywacke rock overlaid with fine clay soil which is wind-blown over many thousands of years from the valley floor. This fantastic terroir gives the wine a fine minerality with wonderful texture and definition.

In the early 2000s both sons became interested in the project. Ben gave up his career as a film camera man, retraining in viticulture and moving his young family from Auckland to the property and then Luc completed his training in oenology. The family decided to release some wine under the original label, Auntsfield Estate. In addition, the Cowleys sell fruit to a handful of high quality producers such as Pyramid Valley.

Since the first release the wines have attracted great attention from consumers and press alike, as the wines offer more complexity and minerality than many of their neighbors.

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