Blind River Estate

The Blind River Estate vineyard is located in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley in the north-east of New Zealand’s South Island. It occupies a sheltered spot at the foot of gentle, rolling hills overlooking the picturesque valley floor. Mount Tapuaenuku lies to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

Planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the soils are deep, stony clay with seams of free-draining, clay-mixed gravels on river terraces. The vineyard is split into blocks with each treated separately and the corresponding wines individually handmade, ready for blending to achieve the ultimate in style and quality.

Our Vineyard

The Blind River vineyard is located in the Awatere Valley, a sub-region of Marlborough, the world famous wine region that put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map.


Only planted in the mid 1980’s by pioneers who recognised the potential, the area used to form part of giant farming stations such as Molesworth, Flaxbourne and Starborough. Today however, the Awatere name has become synonymous with growing exceptional grapes and creating outstanding wines with intense aromas and flavours that also embrace the region’s distinctive mineral characters.

The Maori word Awatere means ‘fast flowing stream’. The river itself runs from semi high-country to the sea under the watchful gaze of Marlborough’s tallest peak, Mount Tapue-o-Uenuku (2,880m or 9,450 feet).


Being south-east of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley and closer to the coast, the vineyards of the narrow Awatere Valley experience an altogether more extreme growing season. The area tends to be more exposed to weather from the south resulting in drier, cooler and windier conditions which usually leads to a longer growing season. This contributes to more intense aromas and flavours as the grapes experience extended time on the vine.


The soils are typically free-draining, glacial gravel on wind-borne loess, often with a diverse composition of stone materials. Add to this a lack of underground water and the vine is naturally limited in both vigour and yield. This encourages ‘balance’ and helps the vine to concentrate its energy on the grapes, resulting in ripe, concentrated fruit.

The Vineyard

As with all serious wines, the vineyard is the single most important element of Blind River. The unique combination of soil and micro climate – ‘terroir’ – cannot be replicated elsewhere. It defines the flavour profile giving a unique ‘footprint’ to the wines, ensuring they are memorable.

The 20 hectare (50 acre) Blind River site is predominantly Sauvignon Blanc with just under two hectares (five acres) of Pinot Noir. The vineyard is split into blocks from A to E based on the contours of the land with each treated separately and the wines fermented and made individually.

Wine Awards

  • Blind River Pinot Noir 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • THE SISTERS SINGLE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 (BLIND RIVER) (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
  • BLIND RIVER SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
  • BLIND RIVER SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • BLIND RIVER WINES - THE SISTERS SAUVIGNON BLANC - 2011 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • Blind River Wines Ltd Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Blind River Pinot Noir 2006 (International Wine and Spirit 2007, New Zealand Gold and Silver Medal Wines)
  • Blind River Pinot Noir 2007 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Blind River Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 (International Wine Challenge 2010)

PO Box 4020
Blenheim, 7242

P: +64 3 578 7674

CONTACT: Belinda Jackson