While honouring Hillersden’s rich history and traditions, we work to create for it a new future, and with it a legacy in winemaking.

Early settlers to Hillersden lived in cob houses like the photo above, the first Hillersden home. The settlers commonly worked at the local flax mill or on the Hillersden sheep station.

A New Future for a Forgotten Town

Since the beginning of New Zealand’s young history, Hillersden has been a home to many industrious families. The story of Hillersden truly begins circa 1850, well before Marlborough was synonymous with good wine.

Hillersden was once noted as the centre of an extensive sheep faming and flax milling district with its own church, school, hotel, post & telegraph office.

This area, commonly referred to as Hillersden Station, boasted the largest flaxmill in the province and supported a thriving community in the pre-war years. The Presbyterian church – the proposed future home of our tasting room – was once home to local dances, local cricket matches, afternoon teas for new brides, and a place to bid farewell to soldiers and welcome those who had made it home.

The Wairau Valley Hotel was built in 1856, a short distance from Hillersden. Today it is one of the oldest remaining structures in the valley and now serves as the local tavern, providing the libations required to sustain a booming wine industry.

After the war, the town dissipated as families sought opportunity in the new industrial world nearer cities. The signs that welcomed travelers to to Hillersden were taken down, and Hillersden’s greatness was forgotten.

Every day at Hillersden is a joy, writing a new chapter in New Zealand history for the many families that call Hillersden home, and the wanderers who are daring enough to find us on the edge of the world.