Pete's Blog

28 April 2014

Yealands 2014 Wine Harvest

Tamra Kelly-Washington, our Chief Winemaker at Yealands Family Wines, discusses the 2014 Marlborough Region Harvest and what she expects of the Vintage.

Picking this year commenced on the 19th of March and ceased on the 20th of April.

7 June 2013

Recognised for leadership in sustainability at Green Ribbon Awards

We the ‘Large business leadership’ award at the Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Awards - an awards ceremony at the Parliament Buildings, Wellington. We were one of 11 winners and the only wine producer to receive an award. 

Pretty chuffed.

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5 June 2013

Our 2013 Harvest

We have had a spectacular harvest this year. We're looking forward to sharing our 2013 wines with you all.

Click here to read Tamra's 2013 harvest report



15 May 2013


Well it’s that time of the year again, the hectic period of harvest is over and it is time to reflect, go on holiday or simply to catch up on life away from the vineyards & winery.  For me it’s time to thank all those at Yealands who have contributed to a fantastic harvest, they don’t come any better than this one, well not since I’ve been involved in wine anyway.

1 May 2013


Check out this giant pumpkin that has grown in our community garden at Yealands Seaview Vineyard.

giant pumpkin in gardenpumpkin punt

We have a sweepstake going at the moment with Yealands staff to guess the weight of the pumpkin with all proceeds going to the Awatere Early Learning Centre.

12 April 2013

2013 Vintage is underway

Yealands Estate Wines Awatere Valley Marlborough Gareth Seaview Vineyard Manager

The first grapes came in on 2nd April, and to date we are approximately 45% of our way through vintage 2013, and boy is Gareth our vineyard Manager pleased! Perfect conditions for harvesting, we couldn't be any happier. 

31 January 2013

Summer update from Pete

What a great end to a terrific month in many respects - roaring sales, the best weather we’ve had for years for holidaying, fishing and of course perfect for our vines.  They, along with all our staff, are lapping up the sunshine and it looks like there is still plenty more to come.

16 October 2012

Spring Update From Pete

Bud burst occurred about two weeks early this year, so the team have been keeping a watchful eye on frosts over the past few weeks.  A couple of recent light frosts don’t appear to have affected the vines – so fingers crossed for the coming weeks.

An extremely busy time for the crew on the vineyard with the planting over 30,000 native trees and flaxes on the property in addition to the regular maintenance on the vineyard, (replacing broken posts, fertiliser and compost application).