Hunters Wines, Marlborough New Zealand

Hunters Wines The History

Hunters wines formed in 1979 by an Irish man Ernie Hunter and an Australian Jane Arnold. Jane, from South Australia, was working as viticulture manager for Montana and therefore left that role to be part of Hunters Wines. Montana planted the first vines in Marlborough in 1973, so Hunters were very early adopters in the region. A successful start with their first 6 wines all wining awards in New Zealand Ernie set his sights on International awards.

In 1986 he flew to London to showcase Hunters wines Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. He was delighted when both the wines won awards. Hunter’s surprised the wine world by winning The Sunday Times Vintage Festival in the UK with an oak aged Sauvignon Blanc. This award helped to put Marlborough on the world wine map, but unfortunately in 1987 Ernie died in a car accident. Jane, by that time Ernie’s wife, had a decision to make on the future of the winery. She has continued at the helm of the winery since that date with help from her brother in laws family.


To this day Hunters wines is still family owned and proud of that fact. In 2003 Jane won the inaugural trophy for the first Lady in wine in the world. Their cellar door, located in the Wairau valley, offers the opportunity to try a variety of their wines. Wine tasting is available at a small charge in either Hunters wines cellar door or their lovely garden.


Helen explaining the wines to Jennifer and Bob


In the garden at Hunters cellar door enjoying tasting their wines during their wine tour

Hunters Winery team

The team at Hunters Winery


To find out more information visit the official site, or as a result of the above book a group wine tour or enquire about a private wine tour. Enjoy the Marlborough region and your Marlborough wine tour or Blenheim wine tour.

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