Stanley Estates Ltd - Our story
The road to Marlborough
Sharing a passion for adventure, wine, viticulture and the environment, we established our boutique vineyard in Marlborough’s famed Awatere valley in 2003.
Stanley Rover took us on a 30,000 kilometre adventure - from Bath UK, to Cape Town, South Africa over 15 months in 1991. It was named Stanley Rover after Sir Henry Morton Stanley, an intrepid African explorer who uttered the fabled words "Dr Livingston I presume?"
After our epic journey in Stanley Rover, we spent a further two years under African skies establishing an export program on a vegetable farm just north of Cape Town.
Returning to the UK in 1994, we travelled the world as fruit technologists, auditing growers and pack-houses to strict agricultural and food safety standards for supply to UK retailers.
With degrees in horticulture from the University of Bath, we have more than just a love of adventure in common.
We wanted to run our own business in a beautiful and stimulating environment, so in 2003 we bought 11 hectares at the foot of Mount Tapuae-O-Uenuku (the footprint of the rainbow) and began planting grapes in earnest.