Originally planted in 1982 and first released under the Fairhall Down’s brand in 1996, these single vineyard Marlborough wines have enjoyed a world-renowned reputation for exceptional quality.
Since our purchase of the property in 2014, the focus has been on vineyard improvement, introduction of sustainable management, working towards the application of organic and biodynamic principles.
Meet the team
Brendon Bray - Owner / Vineyard Manager
Armed with a diploma in Farm Management, Brendon first farmed the family farm; later managing, then leasing a mixed cropping business. Meeting Charlotte and wanting to diversify his skills saw him gravitate towards viticulture and move to Marlborough.
Having managed some of Marlborough's premium vineyards, Brendon and family purchased Fairhall Downs in 2014 and it is his unashamed passion for excellence that really shines in the quality of our fruit.
Jeremy Hyland - Viticulturist
Jeremy is an integral part of the Fairhall Downs family estate team. Jeremy’s know-how and practical skills are unbeatable; though he’s very humble and would never say so, we think he’s the best viticulturist in New Zealand. His skills including a great palate are the perfect foil for Brendon.
Matt Fox - Assistant Viticulturist
Matt is the newest addition to the team and brings excellent winemaking experience to the table as well as our go-to on organics as we journey towards a more biodynamic and organic approach in the vineyard.
The Bray family
It is not overstating it to say Fairhall Downs is a truly family affair. Brendon’s wife, Charlotte, and the children have proven themselves a great help with bud-rubbing and bird scaring - though the children’s staying power leave something to be desired!
The Hill family
Charlotte’s parents co-own Fairhall Downs with Brendon and Charlotte and also live on the property.
Both are enthusiastic supporters of the finished product but the key reason for their involvement in Fairhall Downs, aside from ready access to very high quality Marlborough wine, was to invest in a future for their family.
Colin has developed numerous companies during his career. One of his current projects is the development of a prototype engine.