Eureka Wines – Alternative Winemaking in Marlborough

Eureka Wines is the Marlborough micro-winemaking operation of Hugh Girling and Stephen Rae. They bill Eureka is being one of "small production, big ideas”, and in essence produce tiny quantities of wines employing winemaking techniques and equipment that is not often seen in modern New Zealand winemaking. Hugh and Stephen aren’t wildly radical, as they base their different approach on tried and true methods and gear that is well-accepted in the wider world. Their wines as a result have a true point of difference. The aromatic varieties and sweet wines are turning out to be specialities. Hugh Girling hopes the wines are interesting to drinkers and knows not all of them will appeal to everybody. In August last year, I reviewed an acacia wood influenced Gewurztraminer and a Sauvignon Blanc ‘Straw Wine’ (click here to see my review). These indicate the Eureka style. Here, I review a selection of new releases, in table wine and in the dessert wine category. I highly recommend them to keen wine drinkers with a sense of adventure.


  • Eureka Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
  • Eureka ‘Barrel Fermented’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Eureka Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
  • Eureka ‘Late Harvest’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
  • Eureka ‘Straw Wine’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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