An astrolabe is an ancient astronomical calculator with a name that tr...
An astrolabe is an ancient astronomical calculator with a name that translates as ‘star taker’. In
1996, when respected career winemaker Simon Waghorn started his own label, reaching for the
stars seemed appropriate, and he chose the name Astrolabe. Working in a profession at the conflux
of art and science, there is a certain affinity with the artisans who painstakingly crafted these often
ornate instruments. Simon has since established a benchmark style of Marlborough sauvignon blanc
and has been described by New Zealand’s leading Master of Wine, Bob Campbell, as a ‘Sauvignon
After the international success of his Sauvignon Blanc established Astrolabe’s reputation, Simon gave
up his other winemaking commitments to focus on Astrolabe, which has now become a family
winery. Simon often refers to Marlborough as a winemaker’s paradise for of its ability to produce
world class aromatic white wine and Pinot Noir. Simon has long been an advocate for the recognition
of sub-regional diversity within Marlborough. His convictions are reflected in the wines he makes: a
diverse range of varieties from small plantings around Marlborough with different expressions of
terroir. Simon sources fruit from across the whole Marlborough growing region, pushing as far as the
southern coast, where limestone soils can be found.
Astrolabe is a winemaker brand, and Simon Waghorn makes the wines to suit his personal palate.
Simons crafts his Astrolabe wines with precision and harmony, capturing Marlborough’s intense fruit
and leaving the connoisseur to discover the measured layering of flavors and different dimensions
as they savor each glass.
Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2016Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand