||Auntsfied Estate is run under the watchful eye of the Cowley family and is the home of Marlborough’s first colonial vineyard and winery.
The dramatic hillside vineyard with its unique variety of soils is the inspiration to produce exciting hand crafted wines of balance and individuality that display the special terroir of this historic Marlborough vineyard.
The original vineyard was established in 1873 by Marlborough’s original winemaker, David Herd. Herd made highly regarded wine for over 50 years before the property reverted to sheep farming.
When Graeme Cowley and wife Linda first bought the property, there were no grapes anywhere around them. It wasn’t until they began researching the history of the land, that they realised they had just purchased Marlborough’s very first vineyard.
Graeme and Linda’s sons, Luc and Ben Cowley, both add their own bit of genius to this business: Ben is the viticulturist and Luc is the winemaker. Both find working at Auntsfield a surreal experience, due to the considerable amount of local history.
Already the winners of numerous awards, Auntsfield is establishing an international reputation for its wines, which its original pioneer founders would no doubt be proud of.|