2 October 2015

Our Pinot Noir 2010 has followed in the footsteps of the the 2010 vintage, recently picking up a Silver award in the recent Decanter Asia Wine Awards.

This great news was welcomed during a busy month during which we are also launching our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and Rose. See our wines for more details.

1 December 2014

We are thrilled that our 2009 Pinot Noir is still winning awards, with a Silver in the recent

Decanter Asia Wine Awards.

It's one of our old favourites.


20 December 2012

Impressive review

Ashwell Vineyards received another impressive review from The Gourmet Wine Traveller - this time for our 2009 Pinot Noir in the December/January edition. Gourmet Wine Traveller describe it as a fine boned pinot noir with purity and energy. Ripe cherry and black doris plum flavours with a suggestion of violets and a seasoning of spicy oak. Impressive wine with good cellaring promise. 92/100 4 Stars.

Hope you've got some in your cellar! Contact us if you don't.

20 August 2011

A Polar Blast

This week we’ve been hit by some unusually cold weather conditions. Snow is fairly uncommon on the Martinborough terraces, even in the  middle of winter. But this week, our vineyard was turned into a real winter wonderland (complete with snowman). Snow doesn’t cause any  issues for the vines at this time of year, all that resulted was a beautiful sight.

17 July 2011

A recommendation for Ashwell from the UK’s Decanter Magazine


We're thrilled to have just heard that the UK's Decanter Magazine has given our 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir a highly recommended status and four star rating. You can read all about their views on the best NZ Pinot Noirs - what they call stunning buys from an outstanding vintage.

15 June 2010

Ashwell Vineyards Chardonnay listed in top 50 new releases


Our 2010 Chardonnay has been chosen by the Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine as one of the top 50 new wine releases. It has been published in the latest edition (June/July 2010) of the magazine. Bob Campbell, Master of Wine selected Ashwell Vineyards Chardonnay as one of the top new releases. Here’s his review:

"Intense and flavoursome wine with grapefruit, toast, roasted nut, brioche and subtle oak flavours. It is linear and relatively complex with a lingering finish. A subtle and sophisticated Chardonnay." 92/100


May 2009

Ashwell Vineyards winemaking processes receives formal accreditation for sustainable practices

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand has recently accredited Ashwell Vineyards’ winemaking processes as being sustainable. The vineyard itself has been accredited since 2008. John Phipps (owner) says “Sustainability is an important factor for us. We are constantly reviewing our processes to ensure we are being responsible. To me, sustainability is all about being environmentally responsible. We need to save our natural resources the future generations. We’re really pleased that Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand recognises our commitment.”

Sustainable development is defined by the UN Brundtland Commission as
“development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.