Nestled amongst vineyards, native plantings, olive trees, a cricket ground and lying alongside Marlborough’s Ōpaoa River, Founder Dave Clouston and Winemaker Sanna Stander use the black cottage to host international guests and friends alike. Days are spent playing cricket, clay bird shooting, cooking fresh fish on the BBQ and drinking delicious wine. The company is fun, life is good. Welcome to Black Cottage… You will not want to leave.
As a family run winery, sustainability is at the core of everything we do. In Marlborough our backyard is vineyard country and we see it as our duty, as custodians of this land, to boost biodiversity, increase habitat for native bird life and improve soil health. We do this by being part of the Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand programme. In 2020 we increased biodiversity by planting over 500 native plants on the banks of the Ōpaoa River. Our riparian planting programme will see thousands of native plants established. We use environmentally friendly light weight bottles to reduce carbon emissions. Most of our wines are vegan friendly from the 2020 vintage.