New Zealand wines for restaurants, hotels and trade


Named after the ship that in 1827 charted and explored the Marlborough Coast, Astrolabe is a personal project for winemaker Simon Waghorn and his wife, Jane.

Astrolabe was created in 1996 and produces a range of wines that express the purity and intensity of fruit flavours afforded by the climate and soils of the Marlborough. It is a culmination of a winemaking career that began in 1982. All Simon’s skill and experience combine to capture the wines he creates.

Simon’s winemaking career began in South Australia and took him and his family from Te Kauwhata to Gisborne, eventually settling in Marlborough. In 1996, together with old friends Paul Davenport and Sally Lewis, Simon and his wife Jane decided to have a go at making wine under their own label… and so began Astrolabe.

The grapes are sourced entirely from unique Marlborough sites to add layers of complexity to our wines. Each site was chosen for the distinctive flavour it produces. The Astrolabe team works with dedicated growers who understand the rhythms of the land and know how to grow grapes that express the terroir.