Auntsfield Estate

Auntsfield was founded by David Herd in 1873. Grapes which have shared ancestry with David Herd’s original vineyard are still grown on the land today. The same vines on the same patch of land. We keep his passion alive and build on it with our own.

David Herd was a man with imagination. In 1854 he arrived in New Zealand and looked at the land he was farming. While everyone around him was looking around and thinking “sheep” he looked at it and thought “wine”. With this vision he became Marlborough’s founding winemaker. This is now a region famed throughout the world for its wine, but it was Herd who first saw that potential. He decided that the landscape, the soil and the weather were all perfect for wine. Herd conceived this dream of making wine on the Auntsfield Estate and planted his first grapes in 1873. He made wine here until his death in 1905 and his son-in-law continued his legacy until 1931. By then Auntsfield had made highly regarded wine for over 50 years.

Cellar Door

Our cellar door is open Monday to Friday by appointment.

Please call us on 03 578 0622 so we can arrange time to spend with you.


270 Paynters Road
RD2, Blenheim
Marlborough 7272
Phone: +64 (0)3 578 0622

Our Vineyard

Auntsfield Estate is nestled in the lower slopes of the southern hills of Marlborough's Wairau Valley.

The property occupies a unique elevated site with views over the valley and to the Pacific Ocean beyond.

North-facing slopes and valley floor give the vineyard a diverse range of soil types and mesoclimates. This dramatic landscape has evolved over many thousands of years.

A diverse range of soils have been slowly deposited, firstly by glacial action and more recently by the mixing and layering of the floodwaters and the volcanic uplift of the Wither Hills.

The floodwaters have exposed underlying ancient bedrock and carved a dramatic, deep gully and creek through the centre of the vineyard.

This subterranean feature combined with the uplifts and surrounding hills has created an exceptional three dimensional environment of terrain and mesoclimates.

The vineyard planting has taken full advantage of the diverse soils and meso-climates by separating the land into numerous distinctive blocks or micro-vineyards.

Each of these blocks has been planted with a carefully selected clone for each variety. This has been done in order to allow the fruit to express distinctive characters and allow the best possible blending options within the estate.

Wine Awards

  • Auntsfield Cob Cottage Chardonnay 2006 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2008, Gold and Trophy Winners)
  • Auntsfield Long Cow Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Auntsfield Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Auntsfield Cob Cottage Chardonnay 2006 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • AUNTSFIELD LONG COW SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
  • Auntsfield Estate Cob Cottage Chardonnay 2003 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Auntsfield Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Pure Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Auntsfield Long Cow Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (International Wine and Spirit 2009)
  • Auntsfield Estate Long Cow Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
  • Auntsfield Estate Hawk Hill Pinot Noir 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
  • Auntsfield Estate Long Cow Sauvignon 2006 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
  • Auntsfield Long Cow Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Bragato Wine Awards 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Auntsfield Cob Cottage Chardonnay 2006 (Bragato Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)

270 Paynters Road

P: +64 3 578 0622
F: +64 3 578 0632

CONTACT: Lorna Evans