Steve Planthaber

Settlement, named after the stunning Amphitheatre single vineyard site in the Omaka Valley is dedicated entirely to the production of organic, old vine single vineyard expressions of very special sites in Marlborough. Old vines? The Heritage vineyard for example was planted in 1990, these Sauvignon Blanc vines now over 30 years old. Not what you expect to hear when discussing vineyard age in this region.

Founded by Steve Planthaber, originally from Adelaide but post school left for the South Island of New Zealand. A move to Marlborough with his partner Kirsty Sutherland cemented his love for all things wine. Hard not to be inspired when meeting the Sutherland’s who were one of the pioneers of viticulture in the region, part of the original success of Cloudy Bay followed by establishing their own estate Dog Point. Steve was keen to find his own path and after 12 years running the production and operations at Cloudy Bay decided to begin his own wine brand, Settlement.