About the wine maker
The winery stands on land that was farmed for generations by the pioneering Robinson family; it was eventually christened ‘Drylands’ in the 1970s following a long series of droughts.
In 1980, Ewan Robinson planted the area’s first vineyard which is now one of the oldest in Marlborough. The vineyard benefits from a mixture of both ancient alluvial gravels and silts that give an aromatic and racy character to their Sauvignon Blancs, as well as stonier sites which produce grapes that tend to give the wines more texture.
Chief Winemaker Darryl Woolley first gained fame making Riesling at Leasingham winery in the Clare Valley; he has now been making wine for more than 30 years. He is considered to be one of New Zealand's top creators and initial 'developers' of classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Darryl allows the extraordinary character and individuality of each site’s fruit to shine through, and his exceedingly high standards for quality are supported by a cabinet full of trophies and medals.
Drylands is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand which was founded in 1995 to provide a best practice model of environmental practices in the vineyard and winery. Members focus viticultural and winemaking practices to protect the environment while efficiently and economically producing premium wine grapes and wine.