Riverby Estate is a boutique wine producer, occupying a prime site in Marlborough’s Jacksons Road heartland; in fact right next door to iconic Marlborough winery Cloudy Bay. All grapes are grown on the estate vineyard by descendants of the Matthews family, who have been farming the property for over 100 years. The Matthews farm was called Riverby and the original homestead, depicted on the Sauvignon Blanc back label, is still in use.
The Riverby name originated from the Opawa River and its tributaries, which meandered through the property. The river was diverted in the 1930s to stop Blenheim from flooding; creating what was eventually to become ideal grape growing land. The rainbow trout on the Riverby label is symbolic of the fish that used to swim where grapes are now grown.
Vines were first planted in 1989; on land that had previously been used for cropping and sheep farming. Further plantings have continued over the years, until now over 70 hectares are planted out in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Semillon, Syrah and Gruner Veltliner.
Where previously Riverby exported wool to the world, it is now wine spreading the Riverby name far and wide. Markets have already grown to include the USA, UK, Canada, China, Japan and Singapore, as well as original major market, Australia.