Our Story

The Winemaker

The Winemaker

Simon Waghorn is a winemaker. Astrolabe Wines is a winemaker label. Astrolabe was created in 1996, and is a culmination of a winemaking career that began in 1982. All Simon’s skill and experience combine to capture the…
Simon Waghorn Simon Waghorn

Simon Waghorn

Winemaker, Owner and Director

Jane Forrest-Waghorn Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Owner/Director

Jason Yank Jason Yank

Jason Yank

Managing Director

The beginning...

Simon’s winemaking career began in South Australia and took him and his family from Te Kauwhata to Gisborne, eventually settling in Marlborough. In 1996, together with old friends Paul Davenport and Sally Lewis, Simon and his wife Jane decided…
  • Our Growers
  • Our Growers
  • Our Growers
  • Our Growers
  • Our Growers
  • Our Growers
  • Our Growers

Our Growers

Our grapes are sourced entirely from unique Marlborough sites to add layers of complexity to our wines. Each site was chosen for the distinctive flavour it produces. We work with dedicated growers who understand the rhythms of the land and know how to…
What's in a name?

What's in a name?

As well as being a navigational instrument, L’Astrolabe was the name of the ship of French explorer Dumont d’Urville who explored the Marlborough coast in 1827. Simon chose the name Astrolabe because of the historic ties with Marlborough,…
Marlborough

Marlborough

The cool and dry climate, unique terrain and topography make Marlborough a world leading producer of aromatic white wines and Pinot Noir.

Jeremy Hyland Jeremy Hyland

Jeremy Hyland

Viticultural Manager

What is an Astrolabe?

What is an Astrolabe?

An Astrolabe is a navigational device whose name translates as “star taker”, and it was used by navigators to determine latitude by the stars. If you’re interested, Jane recommends a great description of the Astrolabe here . Our…
Durvillea

Durvillea

“All along Marlborough’s coast, clinging to rocks at low tide is the seaweed Durvillea. We know it as bull kelp or rimurapa. As a young man at university I studied seaweed. Named for the captain of the Astrolabe, Durvillea seaweed is my quintessential…
Awatere Valley

Awatere Valley

The dry Awatere Valley has a more extreme climate, with strong winds, variable soils, greater temperature fluctuations and a later ripening season. Vines are planted from sea level to quite high altitude, and the scarceness of irrigation water is often…
Kekerengu Coast

Kekerengu Coast

Down by the mild ocean spring breaks early, and the vines leaf out before the rest of Marlborough. Cool winds from the sea prolong the growing season, and the grapes are the last harvested in the province. The limestone in the soil, and the long growing…
Wairau Valley

Wairau Valley

The Richmond Ranges to the northwest protect our largest valley from the wet winds off the Tasman Sea, and sunshine is high, temperatures mild, humidity low, and soils well-drained and moderately fertile. On the broad valley floor underground water is…
Taihoa Vineyard

Taihoa Vineyard

Our southernmost grapes are sourced from Paddy and Anna Trolove's Taihoa Vineyard, located on Marlborough's Kekerengu Coast. Tightly structured and intense, mineral Sauvignon Blanc grown on the gravelly recent fans of the limestone Mole Hill. Elevated…
Tim Adams Tim Adams

Tim Adams

Winemaker

  • Beaconhill Vineyard
  • Beaconhill Vineyard
  • Beaconhill Vineyard

Beaconhill Vineyard

Where the Waihopai Valley meets the Wairau Valley some of our oldest vines are grown by Jeff and Vanessa Hammond at Beaconhill Vineyard. Plummy Pinot Noir, pear, quince, peach Pinot Gris and white nectarine and tropical Sauvignon Blanc vines grow on gently…
  • Wrekin® Vineyard
  • Wrekin® Vineyard
  • Wrekin® Vineyard

Wrekin® Vineyard

Far up the Southern Valleys sits Jan and Andrew Johns' Wrekin Vineyard. Rich red and black cherry flavoured Pinot Noir is grown on a mixture of hillside and gentle slopes. The soils, based on glacial outwash, are some of the older in the province and…
  • Sleepers Vineyard
  • Sleepers Vineyard

Sleepers Vineyard

Chris and Lynne Wilson’s Sleepers Vineyard at Kekerengu is our most coastal vineyard. With a picturesque and historically rich setting the unique soil profile provides Sauvignon Blanc with floral perfume and green passionfruit notes coming from…
Di Bell Di Bell

Di Bell

Office Manager

  • Astrolabe Farm Vineyard
  • Astrolabe Farm Vineyard

Astrolabe Farm Vineyard

Astrolabe Farm is Jane and Simon's own vineyard, situated in the lower Wairau Valley in Grovetown. This vineyard produces lemony Riesling, citrus and pineapple Chardonnay, and red cherry Pinot Noir grown on flat, moderately well drained loamy and…
Sue Watmough Sue Watmough

Sue Watmough

Financial Controller

Astrolabe Harvest – behind the scenes

We are delighted to release the Behind the Scenes look at Astrolabe Wines Harvest. The people, the places and how it all comes together. We hope that this snap shot gives you all a sense of what Astrolabe is trying to achieve and who is involved....…