Simon is a seasoned winemaker who created Astrolabe wines together with his wife Jane. Simon crafts a range of beautiful wines that express the purity and intensity of fruit flavours afforded by the climate and soils of the Marlborough region. All grapes are sourced from ten families who live on their land and farm sustainably. These carefully chosen sites add complexity and completeness in the wines. Simon is fascinated by the distinctive qualities of the Marlborough sub-regions. He led the way in the movement towards Marlborough geographical indicators and recognition of the diversity of the sub-regions. Whether bottled alone or blended as part of the Marlborough classic all Simon’s skill and experience combine to capture the essence of Marlborough.
Simon is a seasoned winemaker who created Astrolabe wines together with his wife Jane. Simon crafts a range of beautiful wines that express the purity and intensity of fruit flavours afforded by the climate and soils of the Marlborough…
Jane Forrest-Waghorn Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Jane Forrest-Waghorn

Owner/Director

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 essence of Marlborough…
Simon Waghorn Simon Waghorn

Simon Waghorn

Winemaker, Owner and Director

  • 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…
Sustainability

Sustainability

Astrolabe Wines is proud to be fully committed to producing wines sustainably. All aspects of our production are sustainably certified under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme, including all vineyards, the winery and the bottling line.…
About

About

Named after the ship that in 1827 charted and explored the Marlborough Coast, Astrolabe is a personal project for winemaker Simon Waghorn and his wife, Jane. Astrolabe produces a range of wines that express the purity and intensity of fruit flavours naturally…
The beginning...

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 to…
  • Our Growers
  • 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…
  • Marlborough
  • 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.
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,…
Harvest Report 2016 Vintage

Harvest Report 2016 Vintage

We started the 2015-2016 growing season with the threat of a very dry harvest period, with the national climate scientists at NIWA indicating El Niño conditions could lead to drought over the harvest months. The season has had only about 62%…
  • Harvest Report 2015 Vintage
  • Harvest Report 2015 Vintage
  • Harvest Report 2015 Vintage

Harvest Report 2015 Vintage

This years’ harvest in Marlborough has been one of the earliest, driest and warmest since I arrived in 1995. Growing degree days were about 10% above the long term average, and rainfall was only about 40% of normal. The Astrolabe…
  • Awatere Valley
  • 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

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

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…
Durvillea

Durvillea

All Along our shores, holding fast to the rocks at low tide, is the seaweed Durvillea, named after the Captain of L'Astrolabe Dumont d'Urville. For me, this seaweed defines the ruggedness of our rocky coast. The Durvillea grapes are grown at carefully…
  • What is durvillea?
  • What is durvillea?

What is durvillea?

Durvillea antarctica is the scientific name for the seaweed commonly known as bull kelp or rimurapa. Durvillea grows all along New Zealand’s southern coasts, holding fast to the rocks at low tide. Ever since I studied seaweed at University it…