Drylands Winery

Drylands is one of New Zealand’s first wineries to produce vibrant and zesty Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s famous Marlborough region on the South Island.

The Drylands Home Block vineyard is located in Marlborough’s esteemed Golden Triangle area. It is one of Marlborough’s original Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, planted on its own roots in 1980, back when the now world-renowned wine region was just developing. Revered for its vines’ natural state of equilibrium, Home Block is one of only two original plantings in Marlborough that remain intact today.

Darryl Woolley is one of the most seasoned and knowledgeable winemakers in New Zealand, with more than 30 years’ experience handcrafting wines of extraordinary character from the Home Block vineyard.

In an area of Marlborough that claims the most hours of sunshine and a lower than average rainfall, the Home Block vineyard delivers small yields of excellent fruit. These high quality grapes provide Drylands wines with their distinct and sought after flavour.

Our Cellar Door

Enjoy the Drylands experience when you visit Marlborough. We invite you and your friends to come and taste our superb and diverse range of wines. We are only a few minutes from the airport and central Blenheim.

Hammerichs Road, RD3 Rapaura, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
Telephone: + 64 3 570 5252 Ext 2
Email: cellardoor@drylands.co.nz

Summer Hours: 7 days, 10am – 5pm
Winter hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Our Vineyard

Nestled into the Wairau Valley is Drylands’ signature vineyard. Home Block, the 33 acre vineyard planted in 1980, was one of Marlborough’s first wine grape vine plantings. Revered for its vines’ natural state of equilibrium, Home Block is one of only two original plantings in Marlborough that remain intact today.

In an area of Marlborough that claims the most hours of sunshine and a lower than average rainfall, the Home Block vineyard delivers small yields of excellent fruit. These high quality grapes provide Drylands wines with their distinct and sought after flavour.

Our History - The Drylands Story

Drylands holds the distinction of being one of New Zealand’s first wineries to produce vibrant and intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc from the famous Marlborough region on the South Island.

In 1980, when the Drylands Home Block vineyard was planted, only 300 to 400 hectares of vineyards existed in all of Marlborough and only a fraction of that was planted to Sauvignon Blanc.

The Drylands Home Block vineyard is located in Marlborough’s esteemed Golden Triangle of the Wairau Valley. The Golden Triangle is a special area that claims the most hours of sunshine and a lower-than-average rainfall, delivering small yields of excellent fruit.

We blend each Drylands wine from premium parcels of Marlborough fruit that we’ve selected for intensity, structure, and balance. These high-quality grapes provide Drylands’ wines with their distinct and sought-after flavour.

Wine Awards

  • Drylands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2002 (Liquorland Top 100 2002, Top 100)
  • Drylands Pinot Noir 2004 (Liquorland Top 100 2005, Gold Medal Wines)
  • Drylands Marlborough Dry Riesling 2002 (Liquorland Top 100 2003, Gold Medal Wines)
  • Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Liquorland Top 100 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy)
  • Drylands Chardonnay 2006 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2007, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Drylands Marlborough Dry Riesling 2007 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Drylands Marlborough Chardonnay 2003 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2005, Award Winning Wines)
  • Drylands Chardonnay 2003 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Drylands Marlborough Dry Riesling 2012 Pure Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Drylands Chardonnay 2006 (International Wine and Spirit 2007, New Zealand Gold and Silver Medal Wines)
  • Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Drylands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (International Wine Challenge 2005, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
  • Drylands Chardonnay 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
  • Drylands Merlot 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
  • Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (International Wine Challenge 2008)
  • Drylands Riesling, 2007 (International Wine Challenge 2010)

Hammerichs Road
Blenheim
Marlborough

P: +64 3 570 5252
F: +64 3 570 5272

CONTACT: Dave Edmonds