Marisco Vineyards has purchased a 2,000ha Leefield Station property in the Waihopai Valley area of Marlborough for an undisclosed amount.

The acquisition allows the New Zealand-based company to hold a total of 2,265ha of property in the Waihopai Valley.

Marisco Vineyards, which currently produces The Ned and The Kings’ Series brands, plans to plant 100ha of the site with vines to meet its future needs.

With sales increasing at a rate equal to 100ha of vineyard per year, the company looks for other opportunities to buy the developed vineyards to cope with the demand.

Owner and winemaker Brent Marris said the Leefield Station property is a good viticultural site with soils rich in minerals.

"We intend to plant our vineyards next season, but will also retain the traditions of high value sheep and beef production on the property. We are a Marlborough family and business through-and-through, we understand and are deeply committed to celebrating the historical, social and cultural significance of Leefield Station," Marris added.

"When we started looking for a new property we knew we wanted to keep our wine business within Marlborough. Our existing Waihopai Valley vineyard has won 33 gold medals and seven trophies in eight countries over the last three years which is a true testament to what the Waihopai Valley can produce if vineyards are grown and managed well."