Welcome to the Abel Family

We were always destined to make our own wine. 

Sophie’s parents, James & Wendy Healy have been in the wine industry for over 40 years. 
Working with the iconic Cloudy Bay and then going on to co-establish Dog Point Vineyard in Marlborough.

We grew up immersed in wine. We also ate a lot of apples. Intensely flavoured, crisp, tree ripened heritage apples for which New Zealand became world renowned for.

For over 10 years Mark has been experimenting with small batch cidermaking, trialing and
perfecting what has become Abel Méthode Cider. It's not cider as you know it - it's dry, it's refreshing and it tastes like the fruit it's made from.

We love drinking Chardonnay, and in our opinion the Moutere clay soils found in the rolling hills of the picturesque Tasman region are hard to beat.  We have planted a 5ha
vineyard in the Moutere dedicated solely to Chardonnay, together with a slowly evolving orchard and sheep farm.

Just up the road you will find the Abel Tasman. 
This is where our name originates – from the picturesque Abel Tasman National
Park situated at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.

Abel Methode Cider

With aromas of brioche, sherbet & green apple, you'll love our bone dry Methode Cider, crafted from apples & pears that the Tasman region is famous for.

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Abel Tasman Chardonnay

Gently pressed to french oak cuves, try our 2019 vintage and experience class leading New Zealand chardonnay made from fruit grown on the famous Moutere clay soils.

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Club Abel

Join and save, with free deliveries to your door, discounts on purchases from our website, and exclusive deals and access to rare vintages. Join the Abel family!

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I think when you genuinely make what you love, the result will always be great.


Mark and Sophie McGill are proven gurus when it comes to making great quality cider.

Yvonne Lorkin, Wine Editor

The cider was crisp and refreshing with a nice line of acidity that brought a little funk.


Bought for novelty value, actually the nicest cider I've ever tasted!