We’re a family owned New Zealand company with an independent spirit and a commitment to crafting wines of exceptional value.


‘Family’ also extends to our team of hand picked viticulturalists and winemakers, as well as distributors and wine lovers around the world.


John

Founder & Managing Director

My daughter Amy and my son-in-law Matt are the sixth generation of my family in Marlborough. My mother grew up here, and when I was a child I spent countless summers on my grandparent’s farm in the Wairau Valley. They were happy times. As a boy I thought Marlborough was paradise. I still do. Now, my grandchildren visit me here, just like I visited my grandparents. In starting Mount Riley in 1992 I feel as if I’ve come full circle.

Amy

General Manager

I worked as a lawyer in London for a number of years. But the New Zealand lifestyle and allure of being a part of creating and selling a great family of wines was irresistible. I came home to work with my Dad and I’ve never looked back. Not long after arriving I met Matt, my future husband, and now we work together. I’ve come home but take pride in taking Mount Riley wines out across the world and sharing a taste of a special place – Marlborough New Zealand.

Matt

Chief Winemaker

I grew up on a farm in the North Island’s King Country surrounded by a pretty down- to-earth bunch of people. Winemaking attracted me because it’s like farming, with a strong connection to the land. As a winemaker I get to see it all the way through from growing the best grapes to making great wine and then selling it. I moved to Marlborough in 2007 to be with Amy. I feel really lucky to be living here – working alongside family and supported by an awesome crew, in one of the most picturesque parts of the world with great mountain biking and fishing on our back door.

Kerry

Vineyard Manager

I was born, grew up and trained in vineyard management here in Marlborough and have been working in Mount Riley’s vineyards since 2006. I know each of Mount Riley’s vineyards pretty well but each season is different which keeps me on my toes and makes my job interesting. Outside of work I enjoy getting the outdoors, either at high speeds while racing my rally car or at a more leisurely pace fishing, deer stalking or shifting stock around on my farm.

Karsten

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Importer

We are proud to represent Mount Riley and work with John, Amy & Matt throughout Scandinavia, the Baltic and Germany. Our company Amka is based in Randers Denmark. It was established in 1978 by my wife Anna Marie and is still family owned and operated, with my son Frank joining the business in 1992. Outside of Amka, Anna Marie & I also enjoy producing Port in our Quinta in Portugal and spending time with Frank, his wife Cecilia and our Grandchildren Max and Vilhelm.

John & Lois

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Growers

We grow Sauvignon Blanc for Mount Riley on our Fairhall property in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. Before becoming involved in grape growing we owned and operated a dairy farm in South Canterbury and John was involved in the industry body Fonterra, acting as Chairman for a number of years. We retired to Marlborough in 2000 and have been working with the Mount Riley team since 2008. When not busy out in the vineyard, we enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren at our holiday home close to the Abel Tasman National Park at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.

Marti Frieldlander

Friend and Photographer

Marti photographed the early days of the New Zealand wine industry when the Dalmation people planted the first vines in Auckland.

These photographs and a number of new ones by Joseph Kelly hang in our cellar door and represent what winemaking means to us – hard graft, patience and reward. Thanks to Marti and Joe for the lovely gift.

We work hard together as a family to make wine that’s distinctly New Zealand, that’s approachable and honest.

Amy and John