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Kelly Washington Wines

Kelly Washington Wines

Marlborough, New Zealand

Kelly Washington Wines


New Zealand




Moderate Maritime


Tamra Kelly-Washington

Farming Practices




Husband and wife team. She’s the winemaker, he’s the commercial guy. He’s English (12 years in NZ), She’s a Kiwi (lived for 7 years in Italy). Juggling life and wine with our two girls Coco Simone, and Clover Kitty.

The History

Winemaker Tamra Kelly-Washington grew up in Marlborough during the region’s viticulture explosion. Spending school holidays working in vineyards and winery restaurants sparked Tamra’s fascination with winemaking as a young adult and she’s never looked back. Tamra went on to complete a degree in Viticulture and Oenology after which she set to work in vineyards in California, Italy and New Zealand gaining experience and honing her own style. After over a decade of working for others, Tamra returned to her roots to launch Kelly Washington wines with her husband, a premium negociant project working with impeccable sites in Marlborough and Central Otago.

Tamra runs Kelly Washington in collaboration with her husband, Simon. He worked in Risk Management, IT and Finance for large corporates before quitting the corporate world, after which he decided to travel the world and immerse himself in wine, doing everything from vintages, vineyard work, fine wine sales, sommelier, distribution, whilst also obtaining the WSET Diploma. Most recently he has been exporting NZ wine around the world and importing wines of provenance from great estates in Europe and the US. These wines are part of the inspiration to start this new journey.

The Philosophy

At Kelly Washington Wines, Tamra and Simon seek the most unique and diverse parcels of high quality fruit, which they translate into our elegant and honest wines. The KW team works with a fastidious bunch of growers who have a love for the land, and are unrelenting in their pursuit of nurturing exceptional fruit from distinguished sites. Old vines, high density planting, vineyards of altitude, organic and bio-dynamic farming - these are the attributes we seek from the growers they work with.

Working with such exceptional fruit, Kelly Washington’s aim is to is to showcase and explore sub regionality of New Zealand's wine growing regions, but moreover making wines of provenance. In many cases, these special sites are farmed organically and bio-dynamically. Therefore it is important for them to take these philosophies into the winery and beyond.


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