DOG POINT VINEYARD COMBINES THE CONSIDERABLE WINE-GROWING EXPERIENCE OF IVAN AND MARGARET SUTHERLAND AND, JAMES AND WENDY HEALY. 

Total involvement by the partners from the vineyard to the winemaking process through to the marketing of their regionally distinctive wines, ensures that Dog Point Vineyards remains a boutique and family oriented business producing wines with a clear point of difference.

Winemaking duo James and Ivan embody the spirit of quality winemaking by combining their experience and passion with old world philosophies and new world technologies.

DOG POINT IS AN AREA OF MARLBOROUGH NAMED BY PIONEERING SHEPHERDS WHOSE DOGS EITHER WANDERED OFF OR BECAME LOST. 

The name Dog Point dates back to the earliest European settlement of Marlborough and the introduction of sheep to the district.  These were the days where, due to a lack of fences, boundary riders used boundary keeping dogs to protect the local flocks of sheep.  

Shepherds' dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off, eventually breeding to form a marauding pack that attacked the same flocks they were meant to be protecting.  

Eventually settlers were forced to cull the dogs and the area was named Dog Point.

These dogs lived on the tussock and scrub covered southern hills of Dog Point Vineyards.  This landscape was, and still is, characterised by the iconic New Zealand native plant the Ti Kouka‘cabbage’ tree which is also an established feature of the Dog Point property.

DOG POINT IS HOME TO ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S CULTURAL AND ECOLOGICAL TREASURES, THE 'TI KOUKA'.

Commonly known as the cabbage tree the Ti Kouka is an attractive, distinctive and hardy native New Zealand plant.

An endearing feature of the Dog Point landscape, like our wines the Ti Kouka is a natural expression of the land on which it exists. 

The Ti Kouka epitomises Dog Point Vineyard’s landscape and wines and therefore a stylised version has been 'adopted' for our logo. The Ti Kouka also features on the Dog Point label.

ABUNDANT SUNSHINE, LOW RAINFALL AND COOL AUTUMN NIGHTS CREATE A LONG GROWING SEASON.

This combination leading to a long growing season enables the slow evolution of a rich array of vibrant fruit flavours. 

In the lead up to harvest diurnal fluctuations between night and day temperatures add flavour and intensity to the wines.

A desirable northerly aspect allows optimum sunshine to the rows on the flats and slopes for ripening.

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