Ballochdale Vineyard Estate
Awatere Valley Marlborough

In reality it has been more hard work and a modest amount of fun but a big sense of achievement.

The Founder, Garry Neill set up the Vineyard by surveying off the hay paddocks from the Ballochdale Farm to establish the vineyard site. He wanted to diversify the farming entity and have a bit of fun along the way. In reality it has been more hard work and a modest amount of fun but a big sense of achievement.


The Directors consist of Garry Neill (B. Ag. Com.) who is also the CEO of the Company, Andrew Shaw, a very experienced international Accountant and Tax Consultant who represents the offshore contingent and Tony Preston, a local businessman with past experience in the wine industry as Managing Director for Vavasour Wines for 8 years.

The Shareholders consist of a bunch of smart, enthusiastic, English Pinotphiles, two local investors and the Neill Family. This is a great collection of people who all contribute in their own different way to offer a broad and varied perspective to the success of the business.

Two viticultural consultants who have made very significant contribution to the production of these quality wines have been Jeremy Hyland, who was with us on the very first day we planted and still works with us today and Mark Allen who visits from time to time to give us another opinion on the growing of the grapes.