‘The Abyss’ Vineyard at Churton Winery NZ

Churton is a small Marlborough winery in the Waihopai Valley, owned and operated by Sam and Mandy Weaver. Churton has been exporting its wine since 1997. Their winemaking is focused on producing premium quality Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Noir and very small quantities of Petit Manseng that combine the renowned flavour and aromatic intensity of Marlborough fruit with the finesse and complexity characteristic of fine European wines.

Sam’s path, from fine wine merchant in the London wine trade to one of Marlborough’s most respected winemakers and winemaking consultants, spans more than 25 years industry experience in the vineyards, wineries and wine markets of New Zealand, England, France and eastern Europe.


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All wines are certified Organic and Biodynamic


95 ★★★★★ Churton Viognier 2016, Marlborough – Bob Cambell, Aug 2nd 2019, The Real Review

Very appealing smooth-textured, almost chewy viognier with vanilla, honeysuckle, apricot and root ginger flavours. Unlike many local examples, this wine is deliciously ripe and seductively-textured. (Cork)

Ranked: #4 of 15 2016 Viognier from New Zealand

★★★★★ Michael Cooper Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2017

2013 Churton Marlborough Petite Manseng

The second 2013 vintage (5*) of this traditional variety of Jurancon, in south-west France, was grown in the Waihopai Valley and barrel-fermented (in old oak.)  Hand-picked at 28 brix, it is light lemon/green and richly scented, with a compelling presence on the palate.  A sweet wine (83 R.S.) with steely acidity, it has fresh, vibrant, stone fruit flavours, showing excellent vigour and depth, and a resounding finish.  Already highly impressive, it’s also a candidate for long-term cellaring.

★★★★★ Michael Cooper Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2017

2010 Churton Marlborough Pinot Noir

Winemaker Sam Weaver aims for “a delicate, refined” style, but his latest pinot noir is the boldest yet. Estate-grown at an elevated site in the Waihopai Valley, it is deeply coloured, with ripe plus and spice flavours, dense, complex, savoury and firm. A “complete” wine, it is already drinking well, but is likely to be long-lived.