Isabel Vineyard is nestled into the heart of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, situated at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Marlborough is New Zealands largest and most successful wine producing area renowned for the production of exuberantly fruity Sauvignon Blanc and intensely aromatic wines.
The Tiller family established Isabel Estate Vineyard in 1982 to produce premium classical grape varieties in Marlborough. Proprietor Michael Tiller, then an airline pilot with Air New Zealand, and his wife Robyn, successfully operated as a contract grape growing vineyard supplying some of Marlborough’s leading wine producers with much sought after premium fruit.
After twelve years, it was natural progression to try their hand at winemaking in the tractor shed. Today the vineyard is known as Isabel Estate, affectionately named after Michaels late mother, Isabel.
Isabel wines are 100% Estate grown and Estate bottled. Fastidious attention to detail is given at all stages of growing and making fine wine. Sustainable and organic vineyard practices provide for soil, vine, and fruit wellbeing.
Hand harvested grapes arrive at our Estate winery within moments of picking. The proximity allows us to retain the freshness of our fruit and ensures the quality and condition of the berries post picking.
Our oenology team continues to follow the Isabel philosophy of low intervention winemaking, thereby preserving the Estate style. We aim to make inspired wines that are a strong expression of the vineyard site and soil.
The family estate will continue to flourish with the next generation continuing the family passion of caring for the vineyard and winemaking embracing every element of being a family business.
Carlos Orgiles Ortega Winemaker
Carlos joined the Isabel family in March 2012 after working in a number of wine regions including Spain, Chile, California, France and New Zealand.
Carlos endeavours to make wines that reflect the individual characters from the vineyard and the superb Marlborough climate, creating expressive, as well as complex and elegant wines. I think that the Marlborough region has natural winemaking conditions; it is well known for its Sauvignon Blanc and also this cool climate holds great potential for the increasingly explored varieties such as Pinot Gris.
Cellar Door Hours
Summer Hours: 11 am to 4 pm Monday through Sunday
Winter Hours: 11 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday
Located in the Wairau Valley in the heart of Marlborough, Isabel Vineyard receives the full benefit of extended sunshine hours combined with a long, relatively cool growing season. Long, brilliantly sunny, mild autumns allow for the development of intense flavours and aromas in the fruit.
Isabel is not only one of the largest family owned vineyards in Marlborough, it also has some of the oldest vines in the area producing exceptional quality grapes and wines from: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling. Yields for the Isabel wines are restricted by pruning to low bud numbers and, where necessary, shoot and bunch thinning ensures that fruit quality is fully optimised.
- Isabel Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2002 (International Wine Challenge 2004)