Unsuitable for growing grapes

For years, the rolling Awatere Valley foothills were regarded as unsuitable for grape growing. Falling in love with the land, we thought differently.

Seaview Vineyard

Transforming the Land

By working sympathetically with the natural contours across our uniquely folded landscape to optimise aspect to the sun, the rugged pastoral land was transformed into a sustainable vineyard known today as Seaview. Stretching from the foothills of the Kaikoura Ranges to undulating downs overlooking Cook Strait, Seaview Vineyard is the single largest privately owned vineyard in New Zealand.


Better than we found it

We're always trialing new sustainability initiatives to leave the land better than we found it. We achieve this through a range of initiatives and on-going projects including developing wetlands, endophytic grass and planting wildflowers between the rows. To find out more click the link below.

Our vineyard experts

Gareth Goodsir

Vineyard Manager

Gareth has been working at Yealands since 2005. Born and bred in Marlborough he's seen many local vineyards, but none quite so spectacular as Seaview, the home of Yealands Estate. The constant challenge of growing grapes in the Seaview area of the Awatere Valley, the climate, the extreme winds from all directions, this is what drives Gareth’s passion.

Of the time he’s worked for Yealands, he can honestly say there’s never been a time he hasn’t wanted to come into work. Gareth is responsible for all aspects of vineyard management, from soil management, planting and pruning to the all-important grape harvest. At the peak of the pruning season, he manages up to 260 contract staff. If he had to choose a passion outside of work, there’d be no surprise to hear it involves anything outdoors, from boating, fishing, hunting and motor-cross to running and biking. And, of course, spending time with his family.

Darrin Wood (Woody)

Estate Operations Manager

Whilst Woody joined the Yealands team in 2015, he was certainly no stranger to the business having worked with Peter and the Viticultural team since our inception. Woody initially supplied all the John Deere machinery as Tasman Area Manager at Gordon Handy.

Woody supplied all our John Deere machinery as Tasman Area Manager at Gordon Handy. Prior to that Woody spent time in the army and along with family keeps himself busy away from work on his own vineyard block in the Wairau Valley.


Our vineyard through the seasons