What lies around the corner?
What's over that farthest ridge?
What will our next adventure be?
Wild South is an adventure, and it’s this spirit that led us to the Waihopai Valley, beside the Omaka River, to a wild piece of land strewn with rocks from end to end; Hell’s Gate. But hidden under that prickly name and all those rocks was the perfect wine-growing land. Rock by rock, we hand-cleared it and set about establishing Wild South wines, and this Marlborough vineyard was to be at the heart of it all.
Each of our wines is a special journey of its own, reflecting the vineyards it has come from and the winemaker’s unique interpretations. Discover the special character of each.
Marlborough is at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island – just 40 minutes from waterskiing in the Marlborough Sounds and an easy hour’s drive to alpine tramping or deep sea fishing. A true New Zealand paradise and home to some of the most fantastic wine growing land in the world.
The vineyards that create Wild South wines stretch from the lower Wairau to upper Awatere Valley, Blind River to Wairau Valley. We carefully select our fruit from a palette of both estate and local partner vineyards from the famous Marlborough valleys: Wairau, Waihopai and Awatere, as well as Rapaura and coastal vineyards.
Each has a distinct terroir giving us a variety of flavour profiles and wine characteristics. Each vintage we select the finest fruit and create our distinct Wild South wines
Hell’s Gate: Our very first vineyard in the Waihopai Valley. Planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Hammond Estate: Situated beside Renwick in the Wairau, this estate vineyard, is planted in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
From the beginning we formed close relationships with some of the region’s most respected growers – these are long term, greatly valued partnerships. Most are from families who have farmed Marlborough for generations with a deep connection to the land they grow on.
At the heart our winemaking team are Kel, Nick, Paul and John – dedicated perfectionists and fans of pristine, vibrant, cool climate wines. Taking great care with batch selection, and with a light touch of handling, they work closely with the viticulture team to craft quintessential Marlborough wines of elegance and intensity.
Our committed viticultural team is three quarters Marlborough born and bred and one quarter long time local! Knowing the region and the industry inside out, Bruce, Brian, Jill and Cam understand the extra efforts needed to grow the truly premium fruit demanded for Wild South's wines.
Our range of vineyards deliver sub-regional characteristics in flavour and aromas, adding to the generous, intense, uplifting characteristics of Wild South wines.