In 1876 David Bishell travelled to New Zealand for a better life. Four years later he bought land in Marlborough, named it Caythorpe after his home village in England, and began farming.
Five generations on, Caythorpe is still proudly owned and farmed by the Bishell family.
David Bishell born, Caythorpe, Lincolnshire, England.
David & Mary Bishell immigrate to Marlborough, New Zealand.
David purchases 50ha of farmland west of Blenheim township. Names it
Caythorpe as a reminder of his home village in England
David becomes the first farmer in NZ to grow red clover for seed
David successfully grows and harvests the first cereal crops on Caythorpe
First Lincoln ewes purchased and formed the basis of Lincoln sheep stud
David served as a member on the Wairau Hospital Board (sitting, second from right)
Caythorpe Lincoln ewes exported to South Africa
Caythorpe awarded “Best Worked Farm in Province” by Marlborough A&P Association
Caythorpe Homestead built
80ha of neighbouring property purchased - brings Caythorpe to current farm size of 190ha
Wally Bishell selected to be a member of a NZ Bowlers Tour to Britain
Exported Caythorpe Lincoln ram bred by Wally named Champion at Royal English Show.
Mervyn Bishell is approached by out of town businessmen
and an offer is made to sell Caythorpe – he declines.
The businessmen purchase neighbouring property and it becomes one of the first parcels of land in Marlborough to be planted in vines by Montana (now Brancott Estate)
Murray Bishell becomes one of the first in the district to use irrigation on process vegetable crops
Following in the footsteps of his great grandfather,
Murray grows a record crop of red clover seed (Scott on left, Simon on right)
Murray purchases the first axial-flow combine in Marlborough and continues the tradition of innovation at Caythorpe.
The challenging economic climate brings about diversification to the traditional farming business - cherry orchard is planted
Murray and Diana establish the first vineyard on
Caythorpe. They plant eight hectares of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc vines, of which some are still in production today (Scott, Simon and Diana)
NZ Ploughing Championships are held at Caythorpe
Murray achieves the rare feat of competing in a national championship held on his own property.
A record crop of cherries are grown and exported to Japan.
The growing success of the wine industry proves a catalyst behind vineyard expansion at Caythorpe.
Over the following 10 years vineyard area is increased and includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir.
Simon wins NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year
Area under cherry production is increased by 25%
First vintage of Caythorpe Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir and Riesling added to the portfolio. Our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc wins GOLD at the San Francisco International Wine Competition