Unsuitable for growing grapes

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

Seaview Vineyard

Transforming the Land

Often working by himself late into the night, Peter led the re-contouring of the land. By filling ravines, smoothing gullies, terracing hills and planting a diverse range of grapes using GPS alignment, he transformed rugged pastoral land into a sustainable vineyard now known 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.

Our vineyard experts

Tony Hoksbergen

Viticulture & Sustainability

Tony is not only our vineyard expert he is also our sustainability champion, overseeing vineyard trials and partnering with other like-minded experts in the industry to share knowledge. “What I like about my job is that it combines science, love of the land, passion, art and nature. I get to work in New Zealand’s most picturesque regions, helping to produce great wines that can be enjoyed with friends and acquaintances, as well as people around the world.”

Tony completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (with distinction in viticulture) and then embarked on a lifetime career in the wine industry, joining Yealands in 2011. When you can lure him off the vineyards, Tony likes anything to do with the ocean (surfing, boating, sailing, fishing, swimming or snorkelling), tramping in the great outdoors or enjoying cuisine or movies – preferably with family and friends.

Gareth Goodsir

Vineyard Manager

Gareth has been working with Peter 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)

Grower Partnership 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 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.


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 making our own special compost. To find out more click the link below.


Our vineyard through the seasons