Ivan and Margaret Sutherland, and James and Wendy Healy started the Dog Point label in 2002.  
Ivan Sutherland and James Healy both entered the New Zealand wine industry in 1979 – Ivan having studied Agriculture at Lincoln University and James having commenced his oenology career in Auckland.  Whilst working together at Cloudy Bay Vineyards, where Ivan was Chief Viticulturist and James was the company’s Oenologist, the pair established an enduring friendship and appreciation of good wine.  During the 1970’s Ivan and his wife Margaret had established the 80-hectare Dog Point Vineyard, one of Marlborough’s earliest private vineyards.  They had long planned of starting a small quality-focused label using fruit from their own vineyards. After working with James at Cloudy Bay, and finding they shared the same aspirations, Ivan and James decided to return to a more ‘hands-on’ style of winemaking, thus launching the Dog Point label together with their wives in February 2004 with fruit from the 2002 vintage.Together, the two couples bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Dog Point brand, and are unanimous in their quest to make regionally distinctive wines with a point of difference.  Totally hands-on, the partners are involved from the vineyard to the winery to the market place and value tremendously their loyal staff who work alongside them. As both men have travelled and tasted widely, particularly appreciating Burgundy and the low interventionist approach favoured by many producers there these styles influence James and Ivan’s own approach to winemaking.As they are the entire Dog Point Winemaking team, James and Ivan do all the winery work themselves, preferring the attention to detail and hands on approach, utilising old world philosophies and new world technology in their winemaking.“Ivan Sutherland and James Healy are the entire winemaking team at Dog Point, and their philosophy tends towards hands off – but as their wines attest, less can be more” (Bob Campbell. KiaOra Magazine Sept.08)
Ivan and James both entered the New Zealand wine industry in 1979. Ivan together with his wife establishing one of the earliest private vineyards in Marlborough and James beginning his career in oenology with an Auckland based wine company.
Ivan has been intimately involved in the evolution of the Marlborough Wine Industry over the years, particularly with his roles as a member of the Board of Wine Marlborough (the Industry Representative body) and as Chairman of the Marlborough Wine Research Centre Board.
The two men established an enduring friendship and appreciation of good wine through their working relationship at Cloudy Bay.
Ivan was the viticulturist for 18 years and in the latter years a Director, and James was Oenologist for 12 years gaining recognition in the industry for his pioneering work in Marlborough with natural Sauvignon Blanc ferments. Together they ran the vintages for a number of years and played an integral part in the evolution of the Cloudy Bay brand.
Ivan and his wife Margaret own the 80-hectare Dog Point Vineyard and had long planned of starting a small quality-focused label using fruit from their own vineyards. After working alongside James at Cloudy Bay and finding they shared the same aspirations, James and Ivan decided to return to more ‘hands-on’ winemaking, launching the Dog Point label together with their wives in February 2004 with fruit from the 2002 vintage.
Together, the two couples bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Dog Point brand, and are unanimous in their quest to make regionally distinctive wines with a point of difference.  Totally hands-on, the partners are involved from the vineyard to the winery to the market place and value tremendously their loyal staff who work alongside them. 
As both men have travelled and tasted widely, particularly appreciating Burgundy and the low interventionist approach favoured by many producers there these styles influence James and Ivan’s own approach to winemaking.
As they are the entire Dog Point Winemaking team, James and Ivan do all the winery work themselves, preferring the attention to detail and hands on approach, utilising old world philosophies and new world technology in their winemaking.
“Ivan Sutherland and James Healy are the entire winemaking team at Dog Point, and their philosophy tends towards hands off – but as their wines attest, less can be more” (Bob Campbell. KiaOra Magazine Sept.08)

Ivan and James entered the New Zealand wine industry in 1979.

James' association with New Zealand's wine industry began with a career in oenology working for an Auckland based wine company, while Ivan's started when he and wife Margaret established one of Marlborough's earliest private vineyards.  

Ivan and James then met while working at Cloudy Bay Vineyards and quickly established an enduring friendship along with an appreciation of good wine. Ivan was Cloudy Bay's viticulturist for 18 years and in the latter years a Director while James was the Company's Oenologist for 12 years.  Together they ran the vintages for a number of years and played an integral part in the evolution of the Cloudy Bay brand.

Over the years Ivan has been intimately involved in the evolution of the Marlborough Wine Industry, particularly as a member of the Board of Wine Marlborough (the industry representative body) and as Chairman of the Marlborough Wine Research Centre Board.  James has also gained recognition in the industry, particularly for his pioneering work with natural Sauvignon Blanc ferments.


After working together at Cloudy Bay and finding they shared the same aspirations, James and Ivan decided to return to a more ‘hands-on’ approach to winemaking.  Using fruit from the 80 hectare Dog Point Vineyard established by Ivan and Margaret, the pair launched the Dog Point label together with wives Wendy and Margaret in February 2004 using fruit from the 2002 vintage.

The two couples bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Dog Point brand, and are unanimous in their quest to make regionally distinctive wines with a point of difference.  Totally hands-on, the partners are involved from the vineyard to the winery and market place valuing tremendously the loyal vineyard team who work closely with them. All the winery work is carried out by James and Ivan, who prefer an attention to detail and hands on approach utilising old world philosophies and new world technology in their winemaking.

During their careers both men have travelled and tasted widely, particularly appreciating Burgundy and the low interventionist approach favoured by many producers there.  This approach has certainly influenced James and Ivan’s approach to winemaking.