St Nesbit started in 1980 when Tony and Petra Molloy purchased 11 hectares of land on the Hingaia peninsula. Planted in 1980, St Nesbit won acclaim from its first vintage in 1984, producing an elegant red wine that achieved classic status and won several gold medals. The vineyard lies in the shelter of the Drury Hills at Karaka, 30km south of Auckland, surrounded by an estuary on the Manukau Harbour.
St Nesbit was the first to import Petit Verdot into New Zealand from France in the late 1980s, after a long struggle with the New Zealand authorities. Since then it has proved itself by consistently producing intensely flavoured berries which add significant structure to their wine.