Distinctly Marlborough, this Sauvignon Blanc exudes vibrant ripe citrus notes, crunchy greens & hints of tropical guava on the nose.Learn more & watch a video »
Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir has a wonderful core of spice, ripe fragrant plum, brooding forest fruits with silky tannins and good acid balance.Learn more & find pairings »
Wither Hills Winery
Wither Hills winery lies in the shadow of the majestic Wither Hills, part of Marlborough's southern landmark range. Our vineyards are strategically sited throughout the Wairau Valley sub region of Marlborough with an incredible focus on Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir - varietals that are synonymous with Marlborough. Established in 1994, winemaker Ben Glover has been part of the winemaking team since inception. We have always been dedicated to the philosophy that the best wines are 'created in the vineyard'. Our state-of-the-art winery incorporates both innovation and tradition in our winemaking such as our traditional basket press for Pinot Noir.
Wither Hills is committed to sustainability through our Rarangi wetland conservation program, conversion to organic production in 3 of our vineyards and Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand accreditation.
Our hands-on approach and meticulous attention to detail, ensures we craft a focused range of wines that reflect our unique turangawaewae (place where we stand).
Marlborough, New Zealand
Wither Hills is situated in the Marlborough wine region in the top point of the South Island of New Zealand – a country considered the most isolated wine producing nation in the world. The Marlborough region was formed over 2 million years ago when glaciers in the high country eroded masses of rock debris, later carried down to the coast by melt-water rivers.
There are two major geographical valleys in Marlborough, the Wairau and the Awatere. Wither Hills' 900 acres of estate-owned vineyards at the foot of the Wither Hills are scattered throughout the southern side of the Wairau Valley, Marlborough's primary viticultural haven.
The sunny, free-draining and silty alluvial loam vineyards nestled on the Wairau valley floor reach right up to the upper most northern corner of the region – the site of Wither Hills' Rarangi Vineyard – bordered by the ocean and ecologically rich wetlands.
The general Marlborough climate ensures the vines enjoy a gradual ripening cycle, allowing the full array of complex flavors to develop. The southern side of the Wairau Valley captures the sun's rays throughout the day and is the sunniest location in New Zealand. However the nights are far colder than the Northern side of the Wairau Valley and this area experiences about 5.9 inches less rainfall.
Such a climatic difference contributes greatly to the structure and complexity of the wines. The result is wine which has an optimum balance of fruit and natural acids, while still showcasing distinct Marlborough traits seamlessly melded with each vineyard sites own unique characteristics.
Wither Hills Winery & Cellar Door
211 New Renwick Road, RD 2
Blenheim, New Zealand
+64 3578 4036
Tasting Room and Cellar: Open 7 days, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Sally Williams, Winemaker, Wither Hills
Sally grew up on a farm in South Australia but it was her parents' passion for wine and her love of the seasonal changes (“nothing is ever the same each year”) which got her interested in a career in wine.
Along the way, there have been some important mentors: “I've been fortunate enough to work with some fantastic winemakers around the world in my career. Bruce Gregory at Majella let me come in and make a mess of his cellar during my uni' days, my first real taste of winery work.”
Sally's Wither Hills story begins with getting a call from Ben Glover at 5.30 a.m. in 2004 about a vintage cellar position (he clearly hadn't thought about the New Zealand and Aussie time difference). “He asked me if I liked Steinlager and coffee, I said yes, he offered me the job. I'm still here drinking Steinlager and coffee six years later!”