Our journey started in 2005 with a singular vision to produce the best wines in Marlborough. Named after the majestic Catalina flying boats and the iconic Marlborough Sounds at our doorstep, Catalina Sounds produces wines that are true to the region and our vineyard sites while building an extra textural dimension –wines that are uniquely Catalina Sounds.
The name Catalina Sounds evolved…
…from the majestic Catalina flying boats that played a vital role across the South Pacific during and after World War II. New Zealand’s famous and largest warbird, the Catalina is a rare sight, in fact there are only a handful of these beautiful, iconic planes left in the world today. If you look closely to our label, you may just spot the reflection of the Catalina soaring across the Sounds.
Appellation Marlborough Wine & Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand
Accredited with Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, a core element of our winemaking and viticultural philosophy is protecting, regenerating and planning for a sustainable future.
In recent years, Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) certification has become an integral piece of our vision to produce the best wines of Marlborough. We see AMW as the benchmark for protecting provenance and a signifier of integrity and quality as we look toward the future of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in a supply constrained market.
20 years ago our land was a blank canvas…
A peaceful and remote haven in the majestic Waihopai Valley ranges.
New Zealand’s unique and diverse wine regions offer constant challenge in both the viticultural and winemaking aspects of wine production, which provides the opportunity to be creative.
Sister brand to Catalina Sounds, Crowded House is our opportunity to experiment our take on a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, not defined by region, but rather by individual parcels of fruit from grower vineyards dotted throughout the valley. You only get so many chances and the seasons offer unique potential to make a truly great or interesting wine. Under Crowded House, we are not afraid to do things differently to others.
The result is Crowded House - it’s all about taking a fresh new look at classic New Zealand wines.