About Spy Valley Wines
Spy Valley Wine - beginning and present
The 1990s were a time of discovery and courage in Marlborough. Deep in the Waihopai Valley, Bryan and Jan Johnson had the audacity to establish 180 hectares of estate vineyards on land considered too hard, too dry and too unfertile for wine.
They have chosen the terroir for its stony, free-draining riverbed terrain. It turned out a perfect choice. Not only beautiful, the landscape means our terraced vines enjoy a mix of riverside gravel, clay and silt soils which help to give the wine its unique flavour.
It was a venture that started with a passion for the land. This pioneering spirit established one of New Zealand’s most successful family-run wineries, now exporting its wines to 35 countries.
Today, Spy Valley is lead by the second generation of the Johnson family, Amanda Johnson.
100% New Zealand family owned and operated, it’s commitment remains to the land and to the people who tend it. They consider themselves simply as farmers at heart, nurturing soil and vine to cultivate the complexities in their wine. They are mindful that it’s their focus on sustainability which will ensure our guardianship of this land for generations to come.
Spy Valley has a modern fully integrated winemaking facility, strong attention for detail and focus on quality in their wines made from eight different grape varietals.
The name Spy Valley
The name Spy Valley derived its name from the presence of an international satellite base located just down the road from the estate - Marlborough’s very own spy base.
Accolades for Spy Valley
- Two-time winner of the International Wine and Spirits Awards 'NZ Wine Producer of the Year'.
- New World Wine Producer – Sommelier Wine Awards 2014.
- Top Wineries of New Zealand 2018 – Bob Campbell MW