NEWS FLASH - Long term investors purchase Lawson's Dry Hills

Dec 11, 2014

CONFIDENCE IN LAWSON'S DRY HILLS PROMPTS LONG TERM INVESTORS TO PURCHASE MAJORITY SHAREHOLDING...... The future of one of Marlborough's leading wine producers is looking rosy. Strong confidence in the quality and potential of Lawson's Dry Hills, a pioneer of the Marlborough wine industry, has enticed two of the company's long-term partners to invest further in the company.

After a fifteen year involvement, investors Tim and Pauline Evill have purchased additional shares previously owned by the Lawson family, taking a majority interest. Key members of the management team have also shown their backing for the company: Sion Barnsley, General Manager for five years and Business Manager prior to that has increased his shareholding, whilst Chief Winemaker of eleven years, Marcus Wright and newly appointed Sales and Marketing Manager, Derek Lilley have also invested to become new shareholders.

As silent partners, working overseas for the past few years, Tim and Pauline have watched Ross and Barbara Lawson work hard to turn Lawson's Dry Hills into the world-renowned wine producer it is today. Says Tim Evill, "Now we are back in New Zealand we wish to be much more involved, so the opportunity to take over and build on Ross and Barbara's great work, alongside Sion and the excellent team we have in place, was to good to pass up".

General Manager Sion Barnsley added, " This is a significant and exciting undertaking by the small team at Lawson's Dry Hills and clearly demonstrates our belief in the brand". Founder and Brand Ambassador, Barbara Lawson is pleased at the recent developments, saying "I'm delighted that the company is in the good hands of those have a great deal of personal, as well as professional involvement." She continues,"They have the ability and passion to carry forward the dream that Ross and I initiated twenty four years ago." Chief Wine maker, Marcus Wright confidently states,"We take a hands on approach to creating wines of the highest quality. From the vineyards to the glass, our goal is to deliver wines for the ultimate enjoyment of wine lovers around the world." From highly acclaimed aromatics varietals to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Lawson's Dry Hills wines are sold in twenty one countries. If you would like more information, please contact Sion Barnsley on +64 3 578 7674 or email

Lawson's Dry Hills

Sustainable Winegrowing International Wine Competition Trophy Decanter International Trophy

Awarded the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc producer in 2013

Lawson’s Dry Hills is on Alabama Road, Blenheim, Marlborough.

Our cellar door is open daily from 10am until 5pm, seven days a week during the summer, we are closed on all Public Holidays and winter weekends during June/July/August/September. Call us on +64 3 578 7674 or email

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