Hillersden, est. 2008, is our family home, farm and vineyard on the edge of Marlborough’s growing region in a young sub-appellation called the Upper Wairau Valley. In contrast to many New Zealand wine producers who source from multiple sites, Hillersden has chosen to advocate single estate wines in the region.
We produce the best quality fruit for our wine by encouraging the natural resilience and characteristics of the vine. Hillersden Winemaker
Hillersden may be considered one of the younger vineyards of the New World, but is strategically positioned with the most mature vines of the Upper Wairau Valley, an area with largely untapped potential. Vines are planted over three terraces, each with their own unique soil structure and undulation. The vineyard floor tells the history of the Wairau riverbed as it has shifted over centuries. Our alluvial soils vary from rich clay, loamy silt, to free-draining stony soils. This variation, over our some 140 hectares of land, is where the magic happens.
Planting has continued each year since 2008 as we grow in our appreciation and understanding of the nuances of our land. The vines line the Upper Wairau Valley from side to side, planted down to the foot of the Richmond Ranges and into the riverbed of the Wairau River.
Marlborough is known for innovation. Growing at a higher altitude than much of Marlborough, Hillersden experiences a unique micro-climate with one of the largest diurnal ranges of the region. Our crops mature at a slightly slower pace but with hands on viticulture processes come harvest they provide the foundation for wines of good weight, minerality, and complexity. Brisk, cold nights that frost through the winter and early spring are balanced by welcome heat throughout the day in New Zealand’s ‘sunniest’ region, allowing us to produce food-friendly wines with beautiful aromatics and brilliant texture.
Varietals include Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and the regional favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Our goal is to create wines of good weight, minerality, and complexity.