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 essence of Marlborough in wines of purity, focus and elegance...

Welcome to Astrolabe Wines

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 essence of Marlborough in wines of purity, focus and elegance...

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....…
Winemaker's 2014 Vintage Report

Winemaker's 2014 Vintage Report

Harvest went smoothly, without any of the previous vintage’s logistical pressures. I am very happy with the flavour, structure and overall quality…

27 Aug 2014 |

Simon Waghorn Simon Waghorn

Simon Waghorn

Winemaker, Owner and Director

Jane Forrest-Waghorn Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Owner/Director

A 'Welcome to our New Website' Note from the M.D.

A 'Welcome to our New Website' Note from the M.D.

It is here! The new website: I hope that you find it useful, interesting and informative. It is designed to be fun, have some pictures of us and the region to give you all a sense of place….. Christmas is upon us again. Each year it seems…
A new year and a new home: A note from the M.D.

A new year and a new home: A note from the M.D.

Quite amazingly, the 2014 vintage is only weeks away. I know this happens every year and we all know that it’ll roughly happen late March, but…

31 Jan 2014 | Jason Yank - Managing Director

Jason Yank Jason Yank

Jason Yank

Managing Director

Jeremy Hyland Jeremy Hyland

Jeremy Hyland

Viticultural Manager

An August Update: A note from the MD

An August Update: A note from the MD

I would like to share my Astrolabe story, my moment of discovery: 3 weeks after moving to New Zealand, my then fiancé, now wife, were invited…

14 Aug 2013 |

Tim Adams Tim Adams

Tim Adams

Winemaker

Di Bell Di Bell

Di Bell

Office Manager

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…
A 'Vintage 2013 Has Come and Gone' Note from the M.D.

A 'Vintage 2013 Has Come and Gone' Note from the M.D.

Hello all, Vintage 2013 has come and gone. It was a frantic yet rewarding vintage, and we have picked some lovely clean fruit across our varieties…

7 Jun 2013 | Jason Yank

Marlborough

Marlborough

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

It is Upon Us! Vintage 2013 Note from the M.D.

It is Upon Us! Vintage 2013 Note from the M.D.

A note from the MD: It is upon us! Vintage 2013. The season has been good, the weather kind (so far) and we are very excited at the prospect of…

20 Mar 2013 | Jason Yank

  • We Make Wine... and We Bike.
  • We Make Wine... and We Bike.

We Make Wine... and We Bike.

This summer, Tim and Jason have been enjoying the Marlborough and Golden Bay regions (and sunny weather!) atop their bikes. Tim has always been an avid…

8 Jan 2013 | Genevieve Ferrier

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…
Wrekin | Chenin | Lorkin

Wrekin | Chenin | Lorkin

Recently, NZ wine writer Yvonne Lorkin and her crew joined us for a day whilst filming an episode of her show, Thirsty Work. Here she is with two of our…

6 Dec 2012 | Genevieve Ferrier

  • 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…
  • Astrolabe in Akaroa
  • Astrolabe in Akaroa

Astrolabe in Akaroa

At the beginning of November we took our Astrolabe domestic team, together with partners, down to Akaroa to thank everyone for all their hard work and…

3 Nov 2012 | Genevieve Ferrier

  • 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 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…
Simon's First Tweet

Simon's First Tweet

Simon, with the help of Arabella, composing his and Astrolabe's very first tweet! We may have come late to the party, but just like a good sticky, good…

7 Dec 2012 |

A Merry Growers' Christmas Party

A Merry Growers' Christmas Party

On Friday 30 th November we held our Annual Astrolabe Grower’s Field Day and Dinner. Everyone gathered together to visit the Comelybank, Saunders…

30 Nov 2012 | Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Sue Watmough Sue Watmough

Sue Watmough

Financial Controller

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2011 Wrekin Chenin Blanc

Wrekin
Chenin Blanc 2011