Great Wine Regions

At Thornbury, we select the finest varietals from New Zealand’s iconic wine regions and celebrate the pure, delicious flavours unique to each in our wines.


Gisborne is located north of Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island and has earned a reputation as the Chardonnay capital of New Zealand.

Thornbury’s Gisborne vineyards are situated on an elevated, north facing slope where they can enjoy all day sun. Their elevated position exposes the vines to a gentle sea breeze which ensures that fruit is kept clean, dry and disease free.

Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay experiences a more moderate climate compared to other grape growing areas in New Zealand.

Warm days, coolish nights and a gentle sea breeze make it ideal for the ripening of red grape varieties.

We source our grapes predominately from the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels region and its surrounding areas in Hawkes Bay.


Marlborough is New Zealand’s flagship winegrowing region. It is blessed with a cool climate as well as long, warm summer days and free-draining soils.

The grapes for our Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc are selected from across the two key areas: the Wairau and Awatere Valleys.

A great way to experience the beautiful Marlborough wine region is to do a wine tour by bike. You can hire bikes with bottle carriers and organise accommodation pick-up and drop-off. Other great places to visit in this region are the Marlborough Sounds and Picton where you can enjoy walking the spectacular Queen Charlotte track.


Waipara is situated in North Canterbury, only 40 minutes drive north of Christchurch. Not far from the sea and sheltered from the mountains to the west, this region has warm days and cool nights.

Thornbury's vineyards in this region are north facing, with a moderately sloping terrain — ideal for trapping the sun. This results in wines that have intense ripe flavours while retaining good natural acidity.

There are a raft of great things to do in the Canterbury region. Visit the seaside township of Kaikoura and go whale watching and see giant sperm whales, dolphins and seals.
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