Morton Estate Wines

Morton Estate is a leading producer of premium wines in NZ.

Morton Estate Wines exemplifies the best winemaking techniques from the old and new worlds. Selecting the finest winemaking technology and techniques is creating striking new styles and flavours and making an important impact on our expectations.

We are fiercely committed to winemaking an as an art not just a business. This consistency has been at the forefront of the Morton Estate brand since its advent. This is demonstrated through a long list of high achieving awards through the history of Morton Estate. The consistency has led to solidity in the market. Morton Estate is probably best-known for Chardonnay, for which it has won numerous local and international accolades – including the Best Chardonnay in the World trophy in 1997 at the International Wine Challenge Competition. Since then, Morton Estate has expanded its portfolio, and today produces award winning Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, numerous Bordeaux blends, and Pinot Gris while also expanding its range of Methode Traditionnelle sparkling wines.

Geographically Morton Estate has a presence in three major regions in New Zealand – The Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Marlborough. These three regions play host to some of the best wine-making in New Zealand, each providing their own distinct regional style to our wines.

Tasting Room

Morton Estate operates a cellar door and restaurant, at its winery located in the Bay of Blenty, which is open 7 days a week from 9.30 am to 5pm and for dinners Thursday to Saturday.

Our History

Established in 1978 by kiwifruit farmer Morton Brown, the original Morton vineyard in Katikati produced its first vintage in 1983. The wines had early success, especially with the Black Label Chardonnay which took gold on the 1984 Royal Easter Wine Show.

In the following years, Morton Estate continued to enjoy a string of successes at various national and international events, winning gold medals every year as well as trophies for the best white wine and best wine overall.

While white wines were the foundations of Morton Estate’s early success, the 90’s saw the emergence of the reds, notably Cabernets Sauvignon, Merlot and their blends had gold medal success in both the domestic and international shows.

The 1995 and 1996 Black Label Chardonnay won Gold at the London International wine show, with the 1995 taking the trophy for the “best Chardonnay in the world”.

In the early 2000’s Morton Estate really began making a name for itself with Sparkling wines to huge success again at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and the Sydney International.

Wine Awards

  • Morton Estate Stone Creek Riesling 2002 (Liquorland Top 100 2002, Top 100)
  • Morton Estate Private Reserve Viognier 2007 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2008, Gold and Trophy Winners)
  • Morton Estate Black Label Syrah 2009 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2013, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Morton White Label Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2014, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Morton Estate Black Label Merlot Cabernet 1998. (Sydney International Wine Competition 2002, Blue Gold Award Winners)
  • Morton Estate Brut Methode Traditionnelle NV (Sydney International Wine Competition 2005, Award Winning Wines)
  • Morton Estate Blanc De Blanc Methode Traditionnelle 1999 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2005, Award Winning Wines)
  • Morton Estate White Label Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2001 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2005, Award Winning Wines)
  • Morton Estate Stone Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2007, Award Winning Wines)
  • Morton Estate Black Label Chardonnay 2002 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2007, Award Winning Wines)
  • Morton Estate Brut Methode NV (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • MORTON ESTATE IQ3 NV METHODE TRADITIONNELLE (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
  • MORTON ESTATE NON VINTAGE PREMIUM BRUT (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
  • MORTON ESTATE BLACK LABEL MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
  • MORTON ESTATE IQ3 METHODE NV (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • MORTON ESTATE PRIVATE RESERVE VIOGNIER 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • MORTON ESTATE - BLACK LABEL METHODE TRADITIONNELLE 2004 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2013, Award Winning Wines)
  • Morton Estate Premium Brut (Champion Sparkling Wine) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2003, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Morton Estate Riverview Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2000 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2003, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Morton Estate White Label Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2002 (Champion Open White Wine) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Morton Estate Private Reserve Pinot Gris 2006 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Morton Estate Stone Creek Riesling 2004 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Morton Estate White Label Marlborough Riesling 2006 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Morton Estate White Label Gewurztraminer 2009 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Morton Estate Black Label Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2007 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Morton Estate Black Label Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2000 (International Wine and Spirit 2004, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Morton Estate Black Label Methode Traditionnelle 2000 (International Wine and Spirit 2007, New Zealand Gold and Silver Medal Wines)
  • Morton Estate Coniglio Chardonnay 2004 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Morton Estate Premium Non Vintage Brut Methode Traditionelle (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Morton Estate Black Label Methode Traditionnelle 2002 (International Wine and Spirit 2009)
  • Morton Estate Riverview Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2000 (International Wine Challenge 2004)
  • Morton Estate Stone Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (International Wine Challenge 2005, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Morton Estate Black Label Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2002 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
  • Morton Estate Colefield Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
  • Morton Estate Coniglio Chardonnay, 2010 GOLD (International Wine Challenge 2012, Gold Medal Winners)

2389 State Highway 2
Katikati
Bay of Plenty

P: +64 9 300 5053
F: +64 9 300 5054
0800: 667 866

CONTACT: Morton Estate Cellar Door