About Us


In 1989, John and Vivienne Phipps purchased a block of land on the now-famous Martinborough terraces. Together with their daughters, the Phipps family lovingly planted several thousand vines by hand; this being the beginning of Ashwell Vineyards.

The vineyard, at its current size of approximately 5 acres, is small enough to remain a true boutique vineyard. The vines are tended mostly by hand (including harvesting), ensuring high quality grapes and wines. All wines are created with grapes grown on our own vineyard.

The majority of our vines are Pinot Noir, the specialty wine of the region. Our Pinot Noir is regional-styled and a past gold medal winner at the prestigious Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

We also produce a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose and small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. Read more about our wines here

These days, the family has expanded, with Viv and John’s five grandchildren regularly lending a hand on the vineyard. However, the vineyard and what it stands for remains the same – a dedication to high quality wines.


"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"
UN Brundtland Commission

We are not only serious about the quality of our wines, but also our environmental impact. Ashwell Vineyards’ winemaking and vineyard processes are accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, verifying our sustainable practices.

We welcome you to our website. If you would like to enquire about purchasing our wines, please contact us. We currently have some distribution opportunities available - please register your interest by emailing us at phipps@xtra.co.nz

We hope you enjoy drinking our wines as much as we have loved making them.

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