Simon Waghorn’s winemaking career began in South Australia in 1982. He worked in New Zealand’s North Island, in Te Kauwhata and Gisborne, before settling in Marlborough, on the northern coast of South Island. It is this spirit of exploration that led to the foundation of Astrolabe in 1996 with his wife Jane Forrest-Waghorn
and friends Paul Davenport and Sally Lewis. The navigationally and astronomically inclined name of the winemaker comes from that of the ship L’Astrolabe, sailed by
French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville, who charted the sounds, coves and islands of the region in 1827. It is that same spirit of discovery in detail that drives the Astrolabe winery team. Marlborough is well known for its dry, cool climate and
topography that makes it ideal for producing aromatic white wines (particularly from Sauvignon Blanc) and Pinot Noir. However, Simon is particularly interested in exploring the distinctive qualities of the sub-regions of Marlborough - Awatere Valley, Wairau Valley and the Kekerengu Coast.