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ROCKFERRY AND OUR STORY

BEginnings

The natural beauty of the original Rock Ferry site has inspired us to create wine & food that respects nature and is true to its origins.

STORY OF ROCKFERRY

From Marlborough’s early settlers to the famous winegrowing region of today there is a rich story Rock Ferry has to tell.

the team

Steeped in experience, our experts are passionate about the wine, food and hospitality that reflects the real values of our family business.

BEGINNINGS

Inspired by a landmark site.

Rock Ferry

—the wine company took the name from a landmark site on Marlborough’s Wairau River. Originally the place where early settlers crossed the Wairau River, Rock Ferry is now self-contained cottage accommodation.

But the natural beauty of this landmark site remains and inspired Tom Hutchison & Fiona Harvey, in 2005, to name their emerging wine label after this remarkable place.

FOUNDERS / ROCK FERRY WINES
THE ROCK FERRY STORY

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From Humble beginnings...


Tom Hutchison
arrived in Marlborough in the early 1990’s where he met Fiona Harvey, a local originally from Pelorus Sound and they began growing grapes under contract for local premium wine producers.


Tom and Fiona purchased Rock Ferry Cottage in the early 2000’s and set it up as self-contained accommodation. When the time came to create their own wine label in 2005, Tom & Fiona used the Rock Ferry name as inspiration for their natural winegrowing approach.


They embarked on converting their vineyards to an organic farming regime in 2006. Right from the first wines produced, a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and a Blanc de Blancs from the 2005 vintage.


Tom & Fiona employed the exceptional talents of winemaker Allan McWilliams where Allan continues to this day.

our philosophy

to make real wines
which speak of their home

—Tom Hutchison

Rock Ferry Today...

Today Rock Ferry makes fifteen wine styles sourced from three vineyards from two winegrowing regions! The wine styles range from classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to silky smooth Central Otago Pinot Noir, from an elegant Marlborough Blanc de Blancs to a mineral Pinot Blanc from Marlborough’s Rapaura sub region to a Tempranillo from Trig Hill Vineyard in Central Otago.


The wines are all sourced from company owned vineyards in Marlborough and Central Otago which are certified organic. To maintain complete control over quality Rock Ferry developed their own winery in 2009 where Allan and his team continue to ply their craft.

To showcase this extensive range, the Rock Ferry Cellar Door & Café was opened in 2011, where Fiona, a chef by trade set up the seasonally inspired café restaurant to produce the perfect match for Rock Ferry’s organic wines.

TEAM

Rock ferry's Team of Professionals

Tom Hutchison
Director/Sales & Marketing
Allan McWilliams
head Winemaker
Robert Wijchers
Sales Director
Nicky Thomas
Administration Manager
Peter Franks
Vineyard Manager
Haydn Gelling
Hospitality & Brand Manager
Sarah Robson
Marketing & Events Manager
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