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The Yealands Story

Established in 2008, Yealands was always destined to be a story of thinking differently. In 2002, when our founder Peter Yealands began developing land in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, at the north-eastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, many thought viticulture would be impossible given it was home to some of the toughest conditions in the region including steep slopes, strong winds, cool nights and low rainfall. Located on the cliff's edge overlooking the Cook Strait, Seaview Vineyard on Yealands Estate is now one of the most sustainable and striking vineyards in the world, producing award-winning wines that are enjoyed by millions across the globe.

Over the years, Yealands' leadership in sustainability innovation has been recognised globally, including:

2017 Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
"Platinum Medal: International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing"

2014 International Green Apple World Champion
"Green Company of the Year", 2014

Drinks Business International
"Green Company of the Year" and "Most Sustainable Business", 2014
2014 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards
"Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable New Zealand"

Yealands History


Peter Yealands acquires farm land on the Seaview peninsula and commences developing a vineyard.


Eight farms are amalgamated into one 1,113 hectare parcel.


Builds a 10,000 tonne winery at Seaview. Winery opens on 08.08.08.


Establishes a New Zealand sales team and starts distribution into Asia.


Yealands Estate merges with Ager Sectus Wine Estates. Introduces Crossroads Wines and The Crossings brands and forms Yealands Wine Group.


Producers of the World's Best Sauvignon Blanc


Expands stainless steel storage at Seaview to 20,000 tonnes.


Marlborough Earthquake
August 2013: Earthquake causes some damage to the Seaview winery tanks. Full reinstatement is completed and all orders processed on time.


New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year


Producers of New Zealand's Best Red Wine


Marlborough Lines acquires an 80% shareholding in Yealands Wine Group that will provide long-term economic and social benefits to the Marlborough region.


Yealands is assessed by DQS The Audit Company (Germany) and becomes first wine company globally to be issued with the Green Company GC-Mark certification.