Our Family

Our History

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 adults, the 11 children often traveled around the world with their parents, sharing and developing their great love of food and wine. Later in life, they moved to the sunniest part of New Zealand, Marlborough, and planted a vineyard on their land, fulfilling a longtime dream of Mary’s.

King Family Portrait

Three Generations

Ellie Bartow, daughter of one of the Ten Sisters, manages the family’s wine business.


The ten sisters — Elizabeth, Janet, Margaret, Robyn, Judy, Ruth, Sandy, Joanna, Jackie, and Helen — and brother Bob look forward to your enjoying their family’s wine.