Oyster Bay Wines

From its very first vintage, which won gold and the coveted Marquis de Goulaine Trophy for ‘Best Sauvignon Blanc of the Competition’ at the 22nd International Wine & Spirit Competition in London in 1991, Oyster Bay has continued to define the very stature and style of New Zealand wines.

Described more recently by leading London wine writer, Giles Kime, as “pretty close to being the elusive stuff of dreams”, Oyster Bay takes its name from the local ‘Oyster Bay’ on the tip of New Zealand’s majestic South Island. Oyster Bay’s reputation has been built from vines grown in Marlborough’s central Wairau Valley now recognised as one of the great wine growing regions of the world. With its cool, sunny, maritime climate and its shallow, stony soils etched across great alluvial plains by ancient glaciers, Marlborough is described in Oz Clarke’s Wine Atlas as “.one of the greatest places on earth to grow vines, producing some of the world’s most remarkable wines.”

Our Vineyards

Oyster Bay Vineyard

The very first Oyster Bay Vineyard lies in the heart of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, and is befittingly the home to our Oyster Bay Winery. This majestic site, with the Richmond Ranges as an imposing backdrop, is a wonderful mix of quintessential stony Marlborough soils and silt overlaying ancient alluvial soils. It is the perfect site for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, each displaying fruit intensity and flavour concentration.

Oyster Bay Wairau River

Our picturesque Wairau River Vineyard is located close to the Wairau River, the Marlborough region’s source of pure water, which runs down from the pristine Southern Alps. This vineyard is planted exclusively in Sauvignon Blanc and its stony soil profiles produce grapes with lively and aromatic flavour characters.

Fault Lake Vineyard

Our beautiful Fault Lake Vineyard is located in the central Wairau Valley. A feature of the vineyard is the beautiful wetlands area, which Oyster Bay has restored and protected. This area is home to many native, protected birds. The site is a mix of ancient glacial soils and is ideal for growing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Crownthorpe Vineyard

West of the Heretaunga Plains is our magnificent Crownthorpe Vineyard. This terraced vineyard is situated on a spectacular cliff, high above the meandering Ngaruroro River. It is known for its moderately free-draining alluvial soils overlaying stony sub-soils, where our premium Merlot clones produce small, intensely flavoured berries, with elegance and fruit concentration.

Gimblett Road Vineyard

Our Gimblett Road Vineyard is located in the heart of the renowned Gimblett Gravels wine region, distinguished for its stony, alluvial soil profiles deposited from the Ngaruroro River over a century ago. Its warm microclimate and stony soils produce Merlot with great varietal concentration and structure.

Highway 50 Vineyard

Our Highway 50 Vineyard borders the Gimblett Gravels Region along the famed Heretaunga Plains. It shares the stony soil profiles of the Gimblett Gravels wine region. Situated in a microclimate, this outstanding site is slightly warmer than other areas of Hawke’s Bay and produces Merlot fruit with excellent structure and finesse.

Wine Awards

  • Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • OYSTER BAY - SPARKLING CUVEE BRUT - NV (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • OYSTER BAY - HAWKES BAY MERLOT - 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2005 (International Wine and Spirit 2006, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (International Wine and Spirit 2009)
  • Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2002 (International Wine Challenge 2004)
  • Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
  • Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 (International Wine Challenge 2009)
  • Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir, 2008 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay, 2009 (International Wine Challenge 2011, Gold Medal Winners)

PO Box 91 681
Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

P: +64 9 359 7300
F: +64 9 359 7359