In 2014 Brendon and Charlotte Bray along with Charlotte’s parents Colin and Paula Hill purchased Fairhall Downs Estate in Marlborough’s Brancott Valley. Since the original planting in 1982, this stunning 25ha site has had a proud record of producing single vineyard wines of exceptional and world renowned quality.
In early 2018 the family purchased a well regarded adjacent vineyard (literally across the road in the same valley) adding another dimension to the premium quality of Fairhall Downs. Fairhall Downs is one of just a handful of Marlborough producers making 100% family estate-grown wines. Their obsessive vine management and yield limiting practices ensure optimum flavour concentration and the maximum fruit expression possible from our little piece of the world.
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!