The Wairau and Awatere valleys are both in Marlborough, but the differences in soil and climate keep them distinct. Each valley has its own characteristic fruit flavours.

Starborough wines express the unique soil and climate interactions of our three locations, Starborough Terrace and Long Lane blocks in the Awatere Valley and the original Jones property at O’Dwyers Farm in the Wairau Valley.






Basking on the lower terraces of the southern bank of the Awatere River, Starborough vineyard’s soils are wind blown loess over stony river gravel deposits and deeper clay subsoils. Of moderate fertility and very free draining, this soil is ideal for the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris grapes the Jones family grow there.


As the Awatere Valley ripens slightly later than the Wairau Valley due to the cooler, drier and windier conditions, the resulting wines offer a more mineral component.




Close to the Pacific Ocean and cooled by the easterly wind, the fruit development at the Jones’ Long Lane vineyard is extended for complexity of flavour.


The soil in this part of the lower Dashwood on the northern bank of the Awatere River is low to moderate, fertile and free draining, alluvial gravel silt loam over deeper layers of river stones. The interaction between the soil and this unique climate allows the production of intensely aromatic, ripe and concentrated wines.




The Jones family’s original property in O’Dwyers Farm in the heart of the Wairau Valley grows Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.  The soil is a fertile free draining alluvial silt loam which provides  potent fruit forward wines.

Our three Marlborough vineyards each has a unique combination of soil and climate which produces its own distinct character in our wine.