Planted in 1979 by Ernie Hunter in the nascent and then unknown wine region of Marlborough, Hunter’s is now deservedly considered amongst the top half dozen estates in the region. Jane, arrived in Marlborough in 1984 as Montana’s chief viticulturist and she and Ernie met and married in 1984. In 1986, Hunter’s helped bring New Zealand wine to the notice of UK drinkers when their Sauvignon won the top award at the Sunday Times Wine Festival. In 1987 Ernie was tragically killed in a car crash and Jane was left to run the business alone . She has long been a passionate spokesman for Marlborough wine and her years of service to the industry have been acknowledged with an OBE and a CNZM. There are over 100 hectares of vineyards in the Wairau Valley, planted to 5 white varietals and Pinot Noir and all carry sustainable certification. Jane is still in charge 30 years on and her nephew, James MacDonald, took over as chief winemaker in 2015, ensuring family continuity at this, the only Marlborough winery started in the 70s that is still family owned.