OUR WINERY RUNS ON

Kiwi ingenuity

Our winery systems work together to ensure we operate at the highest levels of efficiency and sustainability.

How our winery works

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Rainfall
Tanks
Solar Panels &
wind Turbines
Heat
Insulation
Operations
Our Goal

Our Building

Sustainability at every level

 

Opened August 2008, the winery was built under the draft Green Building Code and was the first winery in the world to be accredited CarboNZeroCertTM from inception.  Aesthetically, the building is designed to blend into the landscape with no disruptive contours.

 

 

Meet our Winemakers

Chief Winemaker

Jeff Fyfe

With a degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University, five years working with Villa Maria in Marlborough plus vintage experience in Burgundy, California and Tasmania, Jeff’s well-placed to oversee winemaking and operations. Jeff joined Yealands in 2009 and has been making wine in Marlborough for 14 years.

His enthusiasm for his role covers both Yealands’ commitment to sustainability and the breadth of the wine styles he gets to work with, from the classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to Austrian inspired Grüner Veltliner grapes. If he had to pick his favourite grapes to work with it would be Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir, but he’s excited to see the quality of the aromatics coming from the Seaview Vineyard- Gruner Veltliner, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Jeff works closely with our Vineyard Manager Gareth to make the most of the exceptional quality of fruit produced at Seaview. When Jeff’s not hard at work in the winery he enjoys spending time with his family and fishing the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

Senior Winemaker

Natalie Christensen

Natalie joined the Yealands winemaking team after completing the 2014 and 2015 vintages with us as a Vintage Winemaker. She started her career with Saint Clair Family Estate in 2006, where she became Assistant Winemaker and gained a good grounding in the Marlborough industry.

Natalie then took on a Winemaker role at Matahiwi Estate in the Wairarapa. From there she went to Spain, working for Jorge Ordonez Group on their Albarino project in Rias Baixas North West Spain and their Muscadel project down in Malaga. Natalie has also experienced harvests in Bordeaux and Oregon. Natalie has a Master of Science (first class honours) and Bachelor of Music from Canterbury University, along with a Graduate Diploma in Oenology from the Eastern Institute of Technology in the Hawke’s Bay, where she graduated top in her year. Natalie loves cooking, travelling, playing her double bass and cryptic crosswords.

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