The Dutchman explorer and “Map Maker” Abel Tasman first came to New Zealand in 1642 - by “ship.” Another Dutchman, Ruud Maasdam, uprooted his family to New Zealand in 1996 - by “airship.” Ruud mapped out vineyards and a life for his family in the South Pacific, Aotearoa. Life changing, as it was for Abel Tasman, too. The “Map Maker” label depicts both their travels and Ruud’s journey to make exceptionally vibrant Marlborough wines.

Map Maker Current Releases

Sauvignon Blanc


Map Maker 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Map Maker Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect example of classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Intensely aromatic with attractive herbs and stony notes.

Dry, tangy sauvignon blanc with green capsicum, lime zest, gooseberry and subtle tropical fruit and passionfruit flavours. A light, fresh wine with good purity and energy.



Map Maker 2014 Marlborough Chardonnay Pure

This elegant style of Chardonnay wine has a bouquet spring flowers. Chardonnay Pure has a great balance between acidity, fruit intensity and minerality. The wine has good texture and attractive citrus flavors, finishing with flinty mineral length. Perfect on a hot summer day as aperitif or paired with shellfish or smoked salmon.

Pinot Noir


Map Maker 2016 Marlborough Pinot Noir

The Map Maker 2016 Pinot Noir has lovely aromas of ripe black cherries and wild violets. In the mouth the wine has a grainy tannin structure and is intensely flavoured with sweet cherries, cedarwood and savoury characters such as dried herbs and wild game flavours. This is a sophisticated Pinot Noir with an ‘old world’ elegance and mineral lingering finish.

Pinot Gris


Map Maker 2017 Marlborough Pinot Gris

Map Maker Pinot Gris expresses great varietal pear and grapefruit character and typical bright Marlborough intensity. This is layered with a subtle hint of spice to provide an extra, more complex dimension to the wine. The refreshing acidity provides balance and a long length to compliment the ripe flavours and rich, smooth mouth feel.