A warm welcome awaits you at the Walnut Block Cottages

Your friendly hosts at the Walnut Block Cottages are Clyde and Helen Sowman. They live nearby and are happy to advise you on everything from local activities to excellent restaurants.  The cottages are secluded and self-contained if you wish complete privacy.

Luxury vineyard accommodation near Blenheim, Marlborough

The luxury self-contained cottages at Walnut Block offer unique vineyard accommodation just outside Blenheim in the Marlborough wine region.

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The history – what’s in a name?

Marlborough’s oldest walnut tree, from which Walnut Block takes its name, towers majestically above the Sauvignon Blanc vines. More than 100 years old, it provides a special historical focal point for the vineyard. The panoramic views from each of the cottages take in the walnut tree, the rows of vines and the mountain range in the distance.

Behind the vines – the Walnut Block story

Walnut Block Wines is the vision of two brothers, Nigel and Clyde Sowman. Combining their experience in viticulture and the wine industry with their passion for and appreciation of fine wine, they have created a unique range of superbly crafted Marlborough wines.


Well established organic vineyard 

First planted in 1996, the Walnut Block vineyard lies in the world-renowned Wairau Valley in Marlborough.  Walnut Block Wines’ first vintage was in 2005 and the vineyard was certified organic in 2013.   

Discover Walnut Block wines

Discover unique Marlborough wines that preserve and deliver the grapes' full spectrum of delicate flavours and aromas.