ABOUT BLADEN

In 1989, Christine and Dave Macdonald left their city lives behind to realise their dream of establishing a vineyard and winery. With caravan in tow the family embarked on a national tour to find the ideal winegrowing region and vineyard location.

Settling in Marlborough, they planted their vineyard by hand, initially growing grapes for local wineries before creating their own wines under the Bladen name. Chris and Dave quickly developed a reputation for making exceptional cool climate wines.

 

 

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Christine and Dave MacDonald

 

CHRISTINE & DAVE MACDONALD

The Bladen name refers to Chris and Dave’s children - Blair and Deni - who were toddlers when the vineyard was developed.

 

Christine and Dave Macdonald are proud to be amongst the pioneers of the Marlborough winegrowing region. There were only eight wineries in the Marlborough district in 1989 when they established their vineyard.

 

The challenges they faced in developing a wine business when the industry was young were very exciting.

Sam and Dave

 

SAM SMAIL, DIANA KATARDZHIEVA & ROWAN LANGDON

Bladen wines are crafted by highly regarded winemakers Sam Smail, Diana Katardzhieva and Rowan Langdon.

 

Our winemakers are renowned for their exceptional winemaking skills, who collectively have many vintages under their belts having worked in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Italy to name but a few.

Keven Tilly

 

KEVEN & KERRY TILLY

The Tilly's are dedicated grape growers located in Benmorven, an area in the Southern Valleys of the main Wairau Valley of Marlborough.

 

Keven and Kerry supply Bladen with the award winning Gewurztraminer grapes that won the Trophy and Gold Medal at the 2014 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards for the 2013 vintage.

And now the Trophy and Gold Medal at the 2016 Marlborough Wine Show for the 2016 vintage Gewurztraminer!

Nick and Lauren Hunter

 

NICK & LAUREN HUNTER

The Hunters are involved in grape growing throughout the Marlborough region with their day jobs with other wine companies, but at the end of the day they manage their own 1.5 hectare house block of Sauvignon Blanc for us.

 

Very capable and skilled, their immaculate Alma Street Vineyard is on similar soils to Bladen and blends very nicely with our home block.

Experience the Bladen Cellar Door.

BLADEN WINES


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