Established in 2002, Dog Point is a privately-owned vineyard based in Marlborough and a brand whose name is synonymous with quality throughout New Zealand. Set up by partners Ivan & Margaret Sutherland, and James & Wendy Healy. Ivan and James worked together at the oh-so-famous ‘Cloudy Bay’ and decided they wanted to branch out and make wines on their own, and we are oh-so-glad they did.
‘Dog Point Vineyards’ is located in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, arguably New Zealand’s most iconic winegrowing region. The Vineyard and winery are certified organic and promote environmentally friendly, sustainable and thoughtful winemaking practices – a now staple trend in New Zealand winemaking. The Dog Point team are determined to make wine that not only reflects their site and region, but has an essence of the people and their passions in the bottle too.
That name ‘Dog Point’ dates back to some of the first settlers in the region. These were the days where fences were few and far between and the men on the land would use dogs to herd their sheep. Shepherd’s dogs often got lost or wandered off and would form a pack of dogs, that in turn started hunting the sheep they were once originally commissioned to protect. Eventually the settlers were able to remove the wild dogs, and from there the area became known as “Dog Point”.
One of Dog Points unique selling points is the fact they only produce four wines with the intent that each bottle has impeccable attention to detail. Their Sauvignon Blanc typifies Marlborough with its grassy, herbaceous and citrus driven core. The other three wines are all barrel fermented and something to behold. The ‘Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc’ is a wild yeast explosion, a lively and vibrant Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir that has to be tried to be believed.