Truly New Zealand with an influence from Burgundy and Sancerre.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

Robert Frost

Spencer Hill specializes in Burgundian styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as unique styles of Sauvignon Blanc – they are our passion and the wines we all prefer.

We love all styles of Chardonnay from big and buttery to elegant and refined …. we also enjoying pushing the line to wild and a bit funky. No style is wrong if you love Chardonnay. For the first 12 years we chose to submit our wines to competition so that we could firmly state our Chardonnay’s were among the best in the world. We made our point and today continue with what we started…making the best Chardonnay’s we possibly can.

Our other passion are making refined styles of Sauvignon Blanc. Distinctively New Zealand, but with a wonderful point of difference. From the delicate style of Pouilly Fume to the full on style of Sancerre and robust California Fumé….we love them all. Our Sauvignon Blanc’s have always been made this way and have surprised many with their unique characters.

The Moutere hills are perfect for growing full, well rounded Pinot Noir grapes. Pinot Noir is the only red wine we make as we feel this is the perfect red for our location. It also allows us to make a great Rose’

Our passion for these wines was one of the reasons for establishing our vineyards and winery in the Upper Moutere district of Nelson. The dry farmed vineyards, rolling hills with clay loam soil, and warm summers are perfect.

And finally, none of this can be accomplished without our belief in the constant training of our staff and always evaluating new science in wine making and viticulture. The ultimate goal is not to follow fads but to make the best wines we can in the most sustainable manner.

Trophy Chardonnays

Champion Chardonnay Worldwide IWSC London
Best Chardonnay of Show International Chardonnay Challenge (twice)
Champion White Wine Sydney Int. Wine Competition
Best Chardonnay of Show Bragato Wine Show
Best Chardonnay Cuisine Wine Annual
Champion White Wine Hong Kong Wine Show
Top Fifty Wines of Year Bon Appetit Magazine
Best of Nation San Francisco Wine Show
Champion Chardonnay Royal Easter Show
Reserve Wine of Show Air NZ Wine Awards
Champion Chardonnay Air NZ Wine Awards
Champion White Wine Liquorland Top 100 Show
Best Chardonnay of Show Liquorland Top 100 Show
Top Ten Chardonnays Cuisine Magazine
Best NZ and Australian Chardonnay State of Origin Tasting

Spencer Hill’s wines are those to get your teeth into, to enjoy and relax with, rather than pose alongside.

Keith Stewart

Spencer Hill is certainly a leader rather than a follower. The wines are typically concentrated, rich and smooth textured with a variety of complex flavours that impress.

Bob Campbell MW

Since the first vintage in 1994 Spencer Hill has forged a reputation for outstanding Chardonnay’s.

Joelle Thomson

It is a measure of Spencer Hill’s commitment to quality that it has the basics of balance, finesse and flavour dead right.

Keith Stewart