Ivan and Margaret Sutherland were among the earliest Marlborough wine industry pioneers who planted grapes in Marlborough in the late 1970s. While working at Cloudy Bay Vineyards, Ivan met James Healy, where the pair played an integral part of the evolution of the Cloudy Bay brand.
Discovering they shared the same aspirations, Ivan & Margaret and James & Wendy returned to a more ‘hands-on’ approach launching the Dog Point label in 2004 using fruit from the 2002 vintage. Today, the two couples are actively involved in all facets of the business. Succession plans are in place with the next generation of the Sutherland family involved in running the day to day operations.
A large area of land at Dog Point is devoted to pasture, landscaped lawn and pond spaces with extensive native plantings and walkways. There are extensive vegetable gardens and orchards with bee hives. Olive trees and pine nut trees have been planted alongside natives, which have attracted native birdlife.
In 2017 Dog Point Vineyard won the supreme award at the 2017 Cawthron Marlborough Environment awards demonstrating a working vineyard with biodiversity.