Jason Yank

Jason Yank

Managing Director

As our Managing Director, Jason is the captain of the ship. His drive and commitment to the future of Astrolabe ensures the success and integrity of our brand. Linking the growers, wine company and the market, he is our communicator.

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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

Paul Davenport Paul Davenport

Paul Davenport

Owner/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,…
Jane Forrest-Waghorn Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Owner/Director

Marlborough

Marlborough

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

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 than most of Marlborough, 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…
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…
Jason Yank Jason Yank

Jason Yank

Managing Director

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…
Jeremy Hyland Jeremy Hyland

Jeremy Hyland

Viticultural Manager

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 is grown on the gravelly recent fans of the limestone Mole Hill. Elevated…
  • Beacon Hill Vineyard
  • Beacon Hill Vineyard
  • Beacon Hill Vineyard

Beacon Hill Vineyard

Where the Waihopai Valley meets the Wairau Valley some of our oldest vines are grown by Jeff and Vanessa Hammond at Beacon Hill Vineyard. Their Comelybank Vineyard next door is our ‘foundation’ block for Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon…
  • 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…
  • Astrolabe Farm Vineyard
  • Astrolabe Farm Vineyard
  • 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. Originally planted by the Inder family, this vineyard provided the Chardonnay fruit for the first release of an Astrolabe wine in 1997. This vineyard produces…

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

Di Bell Di Bell

Di Bell

Office Manager

Sue Watmough Sue Watmough

Sue Watmough

Financial Controller