Fairhall Downs Estate Wines: producing 100% estate-grown, single-vineyard wines
Located in Marlborough, New Zealand, Fairhall Downs Estate Wines is a winery that produces 100% estate-grown, single-vineyard wines.
The vineyard was originally planted in 1982 and since then, it has been focused on vineyard improvement and the introduction of sustainable management practices. The Bray and Hill families, who took ownership over the property in 2014, have been dedicated to maintaining premium quality wines using obsessive vine management and yield limiting practices.
Fairhall Downs Estate Wines is one of just a handful of Marlborough producers that make 100% estate-grown, single-vineyard wines. With a focus on maximum fruit expression and optimum flavour concentration, visitors can enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay wines. Visitors can expect to taste an array of beautifully crafted wines, from the crisp and vibrant sauvignon blanc to the full-bodied and complex Pinot Noir, there is something to please every palate.
Tasting and Tours
Fairhall Downs Estate Wines welcomes visitors to taste their premium wines and tour the vineyard. The winery also offers dog-friendly accommodations in the form of lodges or bed and breakfast options. Whether you are a seasoned wine enthusiast, or just beginning to explore the wine scene, Fairhall Downs Estate Wines provides visitors with knowledgeable and friendly staff and a beautiful setting to indulge in wine tasting and vineyard tours.
Fairhall Downs Estate Wines has won several awards for their wines, proving their dedication to crafting high-quality estate-grown wines. The 2021 Fairhall Downs Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, for example, received a rating of 93 by Sam Kim - Wine Orbit. It is described as being "beautifully fruited and fragrant with kiwifruit, feijoa, lime zest, and crunchy apple characters," making it immediately appealing and highly enjoyable.
When to Visit
Visitors can enjoy tasting at the Fairhall Downs Estate Wines year-round. However, Marlborough's peak tourist season is between November and April, so visitors should consider this while planning their trip. Peak season is a good time to visit as the vineyard is vibrant with activity, and the weather is excellent.
How to Get There
The Fairhall Downs Estate Wines vineyard is located in Marlborough, New Zealand, and can be reached by car, bus or even by bike. The distance from Blenheim to Fairhall Downs is approximately 6.5 km, and it takes around 10 minutes to get there by car. Visitors who prefer a more active mode of transportation can rent bikes in Blenheim and cycle to the vineyard, enjoying the beautiful landscape along the way.