In 1985, inspired by the pioneering efforts of other Marlborough mavericks, the Glover family converted their farm to vines. Being a third generation farming family meant that the Glovers had a natural ability to understand the potential in the land for vineyards that would produce world-class wine. The family was well aboard what has been described the greatest wine experiment ever.
The vineyard was initially planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling and has remained largely unchanged for over 20 years. However, in 1990, at the end of another harvest, inspiration struck. While leaning over a barrel of fermenting chardonnay, a glass of Grand Cru Gewürztraminer was thrust to Owen Glover, the viticulturalist. The wonderfully scented flavours of the wine left a lasting impression, and in the spring of 1991 the Glover family planted Gewürztraminer. The winery is now an aromatic specialist with a focus on Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Riesling. The wines show classic cool climate precision matched with palate depth and texture.
When the Glovers launched Zephyr in 2007, the wines created a stir in the United Kingdom.
MW Tim Atkins wrote, “If I were to choose one Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at the moment, it would be Zephyr”.
The Zephyr Gewürztraminer was named to journalist Matthew Jukes‘ “Best 60 New Zealand Wines” soon after, in 2009.