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

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…
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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.

Jane Forrest-Waghorn Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Owner/Director

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…

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....…
Tim Adams Tim Adams

Tim Adams

Winemaker

Sue Watmough Sue Watmough

Sue Watmough

Financial Controller

Liselot Yank Liselot Yank

Liselot Yank

Export Manager