Spy Valley Wines is so named for its proximity to an international satellite communications monitoring station in the Waihopai Valley... a spy base .
In 1993 Bryan and Jan Johnson established the first of their 380 acres of Johnson Estate vineyards.
From vintage 2000 wine was produced and sold under the Spy Valley label.
One of the few remaining 100% family-owned wineries in Marlborough, it is famed for its textbook Sauvignon Blanc.
However, unlike many of its competitors, Spy Valley is not a one-trick pony. Winemaker, Paul Bourgeois, and his team are also experts in producing brilliant aromatic whites, including Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.
In 2003 they became certified under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme.
In 2008, Spy Valley Wines won the prestigious UK International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) "New Zealand Producer of the Year".
In 2010, Spy Valley received worldwide acclaim, by winning the "New Zealand Producer of the Year" for a second time at the IWSC, UK.
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