Unreservedly the best place to grow our only Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
The Awatere Valley is arguably one of Marlborough’s most picturesque and remarkable landscapes; a unique environment for the growing of cool climate Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. It is framed to the north and south by steep rolling hills. To the west is the spectacular snow capped Kaikoura mountain range.
From here, pure melted ice and rain water create the vast braided fan shingle Awatere River, which runs the length of the valley floor and eastward to the Pacific Ocean. It is an essential source of water for irrigation.
It’s not just where it comes from but where it takes you.
It’s not about the biggest vineyards, it’s about the smallest berries.
Altogether this combination of Awatere Valley’s unique soil and climate results in fully ripened fruit for the making of exceptional Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
The Awatere Valley is cooler than other regions in Marlborough. Because it enjoys the influence of cool Pacific Ocean breezes at night, the growing season is longer, developing fruit with unique varietal character, an intensity of flavour and bright acidity. The berries are often small, meaning their flavours are vivid and intense.