The Ten Sisters and their brother are fourth-generation New Zealanders and their ancestors were among the first settlers of the southern tip of the South Island of New Zealand.
Their parents, Robert and Mary King, were both born in Invercargill, the southernmost city in the country. After Robert returned from World War II, he bought 750 acres of wild, uncultivated land and, over many years, created a beautiful farm.
He and Mary would eventually have 11 children, only one a son. As their family grew and children and grandchildren lived abroad, the family would often have reunions around the world, travelling together and sharing and developing their love of food and wine. Later in life, Robert and Mary moved to the sunniest part of New Zealand, Marlborough, and planted a vineyard on their land, fulfilling their longtime dream.
Ellie Bartow, daughter of one of the Ten Sisters, manages the family’s wine business.