In 1992 Mike and Barbara set sail from Southern California on a 2 year adventure aboard a 35ft sailing yacht named Sprig.
While we needed a change little did we know that this short sabbatical would irrevocably change our lives.
Arriving in the Bay of Islands like so many visitors before us we could not believe the beauty of this magical place called New Zealand.
Determined to make New Zealand our new home we set about the tasks necessary to make that dream a reality.
In 1996 Cottle Hill Winery was created from our passion, determination, naivety, and maybe a bit of stubbornness from a block of raw land thus our next adventure began. It was a steep learning curve and we're not finished learning. Wine is amazing there is always something new to discover and learn, and there will always be a bit of mystery surrounding wine.
We invite you to visit our quirky and fun winery and share in a bit of this mystery.