Originally from Switzerland, Heidi & Werner fell in love with New Zealand on a holiday and bought The Peppertree, a gracious family homestead with a history that goes back to the early 1900’s, some 10 years ago.
With Heidi’s background in hotel management and catering in Switzerland and Werner’s keen business sense, The Peppertree fulfilled their dream of owning an exclusive accommodation, offering their guests 5-star service in relaxing and comfortable surroundings within the famous Marlborough wine region. Since living in New Zealand Werner has learned the craft of viticulture and has become a passionate wine maker.
The results are in and the 2009 label by Sandro Emmenegger was selected as our permanent wine label in an international vote. Please visit the Grounds page and click on the ‘Wine Labels’ tab for information on all of our wine labels over the years. In the associated contest for a free night's accommodation at The Peppertree, Sharon Edwards from the U.K. was the lucky winner selected at an afternoon gathering hosted by Heidi & Werner. Check out our Gallery page for video highlights.
‘The Peppertree’, a gracious 5-Star rated Edwardian-Villa built in 1901, is nestled quietly amid the world famous Marlborough wine region surrounded by 10 acres of farmland, vineyard, olive grove and beautiful gardens. It is the ideal base from which to tour the region or a treasured retreat where time stands still. The timeless feel of this beautiful hotel accommodation flows through into each of the five spacious guests suites, each individually decorated and complete with fireplace, verandah or balcony. You will enjoy the heritage feel along with the modern conveniences and above all, the personal touches we are able to offer.
Your day starts with a delicious breakfast in the elegant dining room (or verandah). Stroll through the native trees, hear the birdsong, enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, a game of petanque or croquet.
On your arrival at the Peppertree, enjoy a ‘Welcome’ drink with appetizers along with our own olive oil on the wisteria clad verandah as the sun sets. Of course, be sure to sample ‘The Peppertree Chardonnay’, grown in the boutique vineyard just meters from the homestead and made by owner, Werner. This is a wonderful opportunity to speak to a passionate winemaker. For those who fancy a stroll, you can even enjoy a short tour with Werner to his beloved vineyard to learn more about our organic winegrowing practices. With a glass of wine in hand, you might well think you are in paradise!
Luxury New Zealand bed and breakfast accommodation, The Peppertree is situated close to the Marlborough Sounds, in sunny Blenheim. The Peppertree is a luxury historic hotel offering the perfect retreat for exploring Marlborough.