Established in 1985, ‘Nautilus Estate’ is a small and family-owned winery based in Marlborough. It is one of the few wineries in the region (and country for that matter) that has stayed under the same family ownership for over three decades. This New Zealand gem of a winery likes to keep their team small as this enables everyone to be involved in the entire winemaking process from start to finish.
Led by Head Winemaker Clive Jones for over 20 vintages, ‘Nautilus’ is an estate that put experience, knowledge and a thoughtful approach to winemaking at the forefront of what they do. They are of the belief that this approach has lead to the success and quality of the wines. An example of this was one of Clive’s reigning moments where ‘Nautilus’ created the first dedicated, gravity-flow Pinot Noir winery in the Southern Hemisphere in 2000. ‘Nautilus’ has incredible winemaking facilities too which means they have the ability to pick grapes when they like as opposed to being dictated by logistics. This means a great deal of control over what they get out of the grapes which is a monumental success.
Marlborough as a region has always been known for its Sauvignon Blanc, and ‘Nautilus’ flagship white varietal is no exception. The Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with citrus, fresh herbs and a mouthwatering palate. Nautilus now has six vineyards they select their grapes from and 5 other varietals we recommend trying when you can. Their Sparkling Cuvee, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Gris and vintage Rose.