Nautilus Estate of Marlborough
We are a family-owned winery and member of the Family of Twelve; Twelve prestigious family-owned wineries around New Zealand.
Grapes are selected to harness the different sub-regional flavours of Marlborough’s terroirs. State-of-the-art facilities combine with traditional winemaking techniques: In 2000 we opened the first dedicated Pinot Noir winery in the Southern Hemisphere and In 2006, we completed a separate energy-efficient white winemaking facility.
Whilst Nautilus wines can be enjoyed on their own, belief in the marriage of fine wine with food is a driving force for winemaker Clive Jones as he crafts each into a sophisticated and elegant wine.
Renwick Vineyard is our oldest vineyard and in quite a small area we have a wide range of varieties and trellising techniques in use. This site clearly illustrates the evolution of viticulture in Marlborough with the transition from wide to narrow spacing and towards new more environmentally friendly trellising options. We have also planted some new varieties - Gruner Veltliner, Albarino, and new clones of Chardonnay. With a move towards organic practices (although at this stage we are still not going down the path to certification) comes the question of vineyard posts. The traditional CCA treated wooden posts are no… Continue reading →
Our vineyard in the upper Awatere was established in 1992 by a vigneron who was more sensitive than many to retaining native plantings. Thus we have numerous groves of picturesque native trees within the vineyard and one of the larger natural wetlands remaining in the Awatere valley. We have started a restoration program for these wetlands and over time will be removing non-natives and planting new areas around existing ponds. Continue reading →
A bunded waste area provided a useful opportunity for Nautilus Estate to become one of the early adopters of a quality composting programme in 2003. Vineyard consultant Bart Arnst suggested using the Japanese Bokashi method which does not require turning or produce strong smells and so is ideally suited to a fairly large amount of compost situated near to the cellar door and a main road! The compost recycles grape skin, stalks and juice lees into nutritious mulch for the vineyard. This compost now represents a significant resource of organic matter and we produce about 300 cubic meters a year.… Continue reading →