Spy Valley Wines is one of Marlborough’s few remaining 100% Kiwi family-owned wine companies, owned and operated by the Johnson family since 1990. The winery is located up the road from a Five Eyes Spy base and is known as one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed producers.
Established in 1993 on land considered too hard and too unfertile for wine, Spy Valley comprises of 180 hectares of estate vineyards. Pioneering what was then a Marlborough sub-region, the Johnsons continued to develop the land with their fruit being grown and sold to other companies. Starting in 2000, once the vineyards were fully producing exceptional fruit, the Spy Valley label was released to market.
A two-time IWSC New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year, its modern and vertically integrated winery as well as a passion for excellence guarantees that Spy consistently produces globally acclaimed award-winning wines.
Sustainability is not just a catch phrase at Spy Valley. Both the winery and vineyards are certified sustainable by the NZ Winegrowers Sustainable Winegrowing program. Spy Valley’s commitment remains to the land and to the people who tend it. Keeping focus on sustainability ensures guardianship of their vineyards for generations to come.
Chief winemaker Wendy Stuckey is an internationally acclaimed winemaker whose career has taken her all over the world. When it comes to Wendy’s winemaking approach, she strongly believes the wines must show a sense of place.
Her accolades as a winemaker are numerous, winning many gold medals and industry honours over her winemaking career. In addition to the accolades received for her wines, she has been recognized as one of the Top 20 Most Admired Winemakers in the North American wine industry and included in intowine.com’s Top 100 Most Influential US Winemakers.