Retreat to our unique and beautiful vineyard
A Little bit of History..
The beautiful old villa was built in 1905, by a wealthy merchant named William Nash. It was built in Maranui (Lyall Bay, Wellington) and named Maranui House.
It was an important centre for Maori leaders, visiting Wellington on political business. Notable visitors to the house have included King Mahuta, Sir James Carroll and Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward.
Maranui House was eventually turned into a boarding house in the 1950's , and after that, remained empty for many years.
Rumours persist of a ghost, Te Heuheu's sister Te Kahui, weeping in the grounds of the house, remembering it's former glory, although many believe she stayed with the land opposed to the house.
The vines were planted in 1991 and 8 years later, the house was relocated to Martinborough in 5 parts.
The vineyard is a fully certified organic and biodynamic vineyard site, with the wines being expertly crafted by neighbour and Geisenheim-graduate winemaker Kai Schubert.
After 16 successful years the previous owners retired and sold Vynfield's to the present owners Harry and Zinder Guo who both live in Shanghai, China.
Unfortunately, in 2018, a number of Martinborough wineries (including Vynfield's) suffered from the vine disease Phylloxera and the vines had to be destroyed. The vines and surrounding land was then sold to another vineyard in 2019. As a result, Vynfield's is no longer producing wine, however, there is limited cellar stock available.
In January of 2022, Phil and Bronwyn leased Vynfield's from the Guo's, and they offer accomodation, a cellar door (wine tasting and food and purchasing of the wine) and events.
Vynfield's wine is exclusively sold onsite and with limited stock available, this is the last chance to taste and purchase one of Martinborough's first organic wines.