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. Mark’s Dad Linton has been a viticulturist for just as long, working throughout New Zealand and then planting a vineyard in the Wairarapa in the early 90’s.
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. We're bringing these delicious apples back, saving them from being just backyard relics and turning them into a refreshing drop.
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.
Our cidermaking follows the same principles as winemaking. We use freshly harvested apples and pears that are tree ripened and hand-picked. We make Abel Méthode Cider once a year using a combination of cider and winemaking techniques. Its wine made from apples and we think it’s delicious!
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. Match that with a region famous for its high sunshine hours and glorious maritime climate and you've got the framework for some tasty Chardonnay.
We have planted a 5ha vineyard in the Moutere dedicated solely to Chardonnay, together with a slowly evolving orchard and sheep farm. We also work with local growers to source quality fruit and manage an old vine chardonnay vineyard nearby.
Just up the road you will find the Abel Tasman. This is where our name originates – from the picturesque Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand's smallest national park, located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.
We're looking forward to sharing our wines from this beautiful place with you. Drink well, stay safe, be happy.
Cheers & enjoy!
Mark & Sophie McGill