Our Philosophy

Churton is focused on producing limited volumes of high quality Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Petit Manseng from Marlborough, New Zealand. We aim to produce sophisticated wines that have elegance and texture, complexity and layers of flavour, subtlety and length. We want our wines to be a true expression of their organic origin. We produce “vins de terroir” not “vins de technique”. Our philosophy incorporates a traditional “old world” approach to our viticulture with a North East facing hillside vineyard with close planting and low cropping vines and with all work done by hand including picking at harvest. Hand Picking GrapesWe apply the same “old world” approach to our winemaking which involves minimal intervention, lees contact in the Sauvignon Blanc, use of French oak for Pinot Noir and the use of a natural cork closure. We use biodynamic practices in our vineyard operations and are currently in organic conversion with Biogro. We apply the principles of the biodynamic calendar to key viticultural and winemaking practices and operations such as vine planting, fruit picking, filtering and bottling of our wines.

We are also guided by the calendar in our tasting schedules.

We have been producing Churton Sauvignon Blanc since 1997,  Churton Pinot Noir since 2000, Churton Viognier since 2010 and released New Zealand’s first Petit Manseng in 2013.

The Churton difference

At a relatively high altitude of 200m above sea level, a clay loess soil and small vines close planted our vineyard resembles the vineyards found in the central Loire Valley. We developed Churton’s undulating site into 18 distinctive blocks, respecting the shape and aspect of each parcel. Sauvignon Blanc encompasses 10 blocks providing us a varied and exciting fruit composition each year.

Family owned and operated
Focused portfolio of just four varietals
Biodynamic vineyard practices
100% hand harvested
Close planted vines
Strict yield control, 1.5kg/vine
New world wine tempered with old world style
Bone dry wines
Natural cork closures

Our winemaking is focussed exclusively on producing high quality Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir
that combines the renowned flavour of Marlborough and the complexity of fine European wines.