Lawsons Dry Hills

Ross and Barbara Lawson founded Lawson’s Dry Hills in 1992; they had been growing grapes on their Alabama Road vineyard since 1980, and decided to start producing their own range of wines.

Their first vintage included the Gewürztraminer grown on the winery vineyard on Alabama Road, was just fifteen tonnes of grapes and managed by Ross from the old red tin shed on the property, which is still standing and forms part of the winery cellar door. Sadly Ross passed away in February 2009. The company is now run by Barbara Lawson and General Manager Sion Barnsley.

Their Gewürztraminer has gone on to be recognised as one of the county’s finest and has firmly established Lawsons Dry Hills on the national and international wine stage.

Other plantings soon followed and the company now produce a bench mark range of Marlborough wines, which includes Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir as well as Gewürztraminer. All our grapes are sourced from Marlborough’s Wairau, Waihopai, Omaka and Awatere valleys.

Our philosophy is a simple one – To produce premium Marlborough wines of great character, quality and varietal expression.

The Winemakers

MARCUS WRIGHT - Chief Winemaker

Marcus acquired a love of good wine whilst working as a research scientist in 1997, Marcus worked with Montana in Gisborne as a vintage Cellar hand before heading to South America to work the 2000 vintage in Chile for Vina San Pedro, then onto the Loire for vintage with Jacques Lurton. He started with Lawson's Dry Hills in 2001 and continues to ensure that only premium, elegant, fruit focused wines come out under the Lawson’s Dry Hills brand.

MARK LUDEMANN - Viticulturist

Mark began his career in Viticulture with Sandihurst Wines in 1987, before moving onto Montana for three years in 1999. He subsequently managed Seresin’s Organic Raupo creek Estate for a further four years before joining Lawson's Dry Hills in 2006. Sustainable vineyard practices are the focus, along with work on crop levels to produce premium quality fruit.

REBECCA WIFFEN - Assistant Winemaker

Rebecca began her winemaking career with Coopers Creek in 1997 (three years), followed by two years working as a cellar hand for a number of Marlborough wineries before heading overseas for some vintage experience. She worked first in the Napa valley (2002) then Alsace (2003). Her first Winemakers role was with Domaine de La Vahnale and Crooix Maro in Langedoc, France in 2005. She joined Lawson's Dry Hills in 2004 prior to her vintage in France and continues to bring great energy and enthusiasm to the winemaking team.

Tasting Room

Lawson’s Dry Hills wines can be sampled and purchased direct from the winery which is open seven days per week from 10am to 5pm.

Wine Awards

  • Lawsons Dry Hills Riesling 2007 (Liquorland Top 100 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy)
  • Lawson Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (International Wine Challenge 2008)
  • Lawson Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2007 (International Wine Challenge 2008)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2004 (Liquorland Top 100 2004, Gold Medal Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2006 (Liquorland Top 100 2006, Gold Medal Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2007 (Trophy) (Liquorland Top 100 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2009 (Liquorland Top 100 2010, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2006 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2007, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2008 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Riesling 2006 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Riesling 2007, TROPHY (Royal Easter Wine Show 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2009 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2010 TROPHY (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Riesling 2008 TROPHY (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Chardonnay 2008 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2012, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Chardonnay 2009 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2013, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2014, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Unoaked Chardonnay 2004 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2005, Award Winning Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2005, Award Winning Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Chardonnay 2002 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2005, Award Winning Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2002 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2005, Award Winning Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2005 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2007, Award Winning Wines)
  • LAWSONS DRY HILLS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2008, Award Winning Wines)
  • LAWSONS DRY HILLS PINOT GRIS 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2008, Award Winning Wines)
  • LAWSONS DRY HILLS PINOT NOIR 2005 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2008, Award Winning Wines)
  • LAWSONS DRY HILLS RIESLING 2008 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • LAWSONS DRY HILLS GEWURZTRAMINER 2008 - (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • LAWSONS DRY HILLS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • LAWSONS DRY HILLS - RIESLING - 2008 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • LAWSONS DRY HILLS - PINOT ROSE - 2011 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • LAWSONS DRY HILLS - PINOT GRIS - 2012 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2013, Award Winning Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2003 (Champion Pinot Gris) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2003, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2004 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2005 (Champion Pinot Gris Trophy) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2005 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Marlborough Riesling 2007 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Marlborough Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2007 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills The Pioneer Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2010 (Pure Gold) [TROPHY] (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Pure Gold) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2010 Pure Gold TROPHY (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2010 Pure Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2008 Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Late Harvest Resling 2010 Pure Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Gewurtztraminer 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Gewurztraminer, 2009 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Lawsons Dry Hillls Pinot Noir, 2010 GOLD (International Wine Challenge 2012, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Lawsons Dry Hills Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (International Wine Challenge 2013, Trophy Awards)

238 Alabama Road
Blenheim
Marlborough

P: +64 3 578 7674
F: +64 3 578 7603

CONTACT: Ross and Barbara Lawson