About Whitehaven Wine Company
Whitehaven Wine Company was established in 1994 by Greg and Sue White with distinguished winemaker Simon Waghorn enticed on board to give the fledgling wine company its edge.
For Greg and Sue, the move to Marlborough was a classic lifestyle change after careers spent in finance and marketing. For Simon, the motivation was the pursuit of quality winemaking without compromise.
When winemaker Sam Smail took over the leadership of Whitehaven’s talented winemaking team he maintained that uncompromising commitment, the hallmark of this family-owned company . When it comes to crafting great wine, Sam combines the precision of a scientific mind with the creative flair of an artist. Sam has been with Whitehaven for over a decade; his role, the crossover between science and art. Using New World techniques and Old World craftsmanship, Sam and his team are focused on a portfolio of wines that deliver an enviable mix of quality, intensity and consistency.
Acutely aware that great wines depend on premium grapes, Whitehaven sources its fruit from over 30 carefully selected and proven vineyard sites spread throughout the various valleys of this special region. Whitehaven prides itself on its use of Marlborough grapes only and this policy guarantees that its wines deliver authentic Marlborough flavours. It’s a claim few wineries can match today and reinforces Whitehaven’s reputation for consistency and integrity.
Marlborough is the heartland of New Zealand winemaking and is now widely recognised as one of the world’s iconic grape growing regions. With long sunshine hours, but a relatively cool climate, the grapes have the advantage of a long, slow ripening period which intensifies the flavours and gives the wine its unique character.
Located in Marlborough’s “golden mile” of wine production, Whitehaven’s modern winery produces the full range of Marlborough wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Rose.
Whitehaven Wines are marketed through exclusive agents in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, the United States and Canada.
Sadly Greg passed away in 2007 but Sue enthusiastically carries on the Whitehaven dream with the close-knit team who have supported the company from the early days. For Sue the personal and supportive nature of the team keeps the company real. Each vintage a special batch of the very best wine is carefully selected to carry the “Greg” name, dedicated to the memory of Greg White.
While Whitehaven has grown well beyond the expectations of its founders, the man
agement, winemakers, and viticulture team remain small and focused, working in an environment where their talents can be combined to produce elegant wines of superior quality and intensity, truly indicative of the Marlborough style.
Whitehaven prides itself on a genuinely singular vision...consistently creating stunning wines of character and beauty from only the finest fruit...our vintages truly reflect the nature and spirit of Marlborough.