The story of Auntsfield goes way back to 1842, when Rev Charles Saxton obtained the original land grant from The New Zealand Company. He is likely to have had some serious help in gaining the rights, as his brother in law, was Joseph Somes, the Governor of The New Zealand Company. However, Saxton was never to set foot onto his Marlborough station. Auntsfield Estate is nestled in the lower slopes of the southern hills of Marlborough's Wairau Valley.
The property occupies a unique elevated site with views over the valley and to the Pacific Ocean beyond. North-facing slopes and valley floor give the vineyard a diverse range of soil types and mesoclimates. This dramatic landscape has evolved over many thousands of years. This cellar was the first of its kind to be built in Marlborough in 1873. It was another 100 years before the first of the new era vines where planted in the region.