Now here is a winery that consistently fashions high quality wines and has one heck of a story, not to mention more than the usual cast of colorful characters. Founded in 1992 by Ross and Barbara Lawson, a charming and witty couple with a great sense of timing and the uncanny knack of knowing what consumers like, Lawson's Dry Hill was one of the first small boutique wineries in Marlborough to receive international acclaim for it's estate bottled wines. Committed solely to the production of premium Marlborough wines, the Lawson's have distinguished themselves in less than a dozen years as serious producers of tasty, fruit driven wines of true renown. Add the young, very talented Mike Just to the picture at Lawson's Dry Hills and you have one unbeatable team. Devoted to traditional cool climate varietals: Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and most especially Sauvignon Blanc for which Marlborough is most celebrated, Lawson's winemaker Mike Just knows just what to do. Mike spent a considerable amount of time in Germany studying cool climate viticulture, followed by several years working at top German estates, before returning to his native New Zealand. In Europe Mike acquired a deft hand with cool climate grapes, which he has turned into Lawson's Dry Hills award-winning style with the help of the formidable terroir of Marlborough. While in Europe, Mike also gained an extensive knowledge of medieval armor, culture and music, which he has readily transplanted to New Zealand. In addition to possessing considerable talent as a winemaker, Mike is fun, upbeat, and immensely interesting. With Mike, Barbara and Ross around, you can be sure there is nary a dull moment at Lawson's Dry Hills, and we haven't even mentioned the winery's most esteemed character - Tomi.