Our Story

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Our Story

Our name comes from a tiny sheep that can keep our premium Marlborough vineyards tidy year-round, because they're too small to reach the grapes. Using one of nature’s lawnmowers means our wines are better for the environment and taste better too. Find out more about our wooly workers and our vineyards below.

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Meet the Babydolls

These little sheep have a huge role to play when it comes to reducing our impact on the environment.

CLICK ON THE BABYDOLL SHEEP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR LITTLE HELPERS

Meet the Babydolls

BABYDOLL FACTS Knee High

Babydolls are only 45-60cm when fully grown (about the height of your knees!)

BABYDOLL FACTS Rare

So rare they were on the UK Rare Breeds Survival Trust list until at least 1999.

BABYDOLL FACTS Natural Nutrients

They provide a handy dose of fertiliser!

BABYDOLL FACTS Mini-Mowers

Being small means we can keep them on the vineyard year-round, reducing our need to mow with tractors.

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Our Vineyards

Babydoll wines come from New Zealand’s leading grape growing regions, Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay. Everything we do in the winery and out in the vineyards is low impact, focused on sustainable winemaking methods. All our wines are crafted to capture distinctive varietal characters and complexity creating the pure and intense flavours our Babydoll wines are known for.

SOUTH ISLAND Marlborough

Based at the North Eastern end of New Zealand’s South Island, Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest and driest areas, providing a climate of warm days and cool nights.

NORTH ISLAND Hawke's Bay

Hawke’s Bay, on the east coast of the North Island, is New Zealand’s oldest wine region. The region has an uninterrupted winegrowing tradition stretching back to 1851.

Marlborough

SOUTH ISLAND Marlborough

Based at the North Eastern end of New Zealand’s South Island, Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest and driest areas, providing a climate of warm days and cool nights.

This means we get a long, slow ripening period and fruit that is fresh, clean and intense with acidity levels that are naturally higher. Marlborough is known internationally for producing a truly unique expression of Sauvignon Blanc. More recently, the region has also become famous for the ripe, fruit forward flavours of its Pinot Noir and aromatics.

Hawke's Bay

NORTH ISLAND Hawke's Bay

Hawke’s Bay, on the east coast of the North Island, is New Zealand’s oldest wine region. The region has an uninterrupted winegrowing tradition stretching back to 1851. 

It is home to more vineyards than any New Zealand wine region except Marlborough. The long sunshine hours in Hawke’s Bay make it the ideal place to grow later ripening grape varieties like Merlot, but is also renowned for white varieties such as Chardonnay.  The terroir in Hawke’s Bay typically creates fruit that can be crafted into wines of great finesse and elegance.

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