The Awatere Valley.
A dramatic southern pocket of Marlborough, pushed up out of the ocean by seismic activity, and carved out by ancient glaciers.
Our mountain Tapuae-o-Uenuku looms over us from the west, feeding the relentless Awatere River as it scours a
path through the heart of the Valley to the Pacific Ocean, sculpting boulders and leaving deep, rocky banks in its wake.
Our vines plunge their roots deep and wide in their flinty, unforgiving beds,
building flavour, intensity and minerality.
Depleted of moisture by the Richmond Ranges, the Wither Hills and the Vernon Range,
the Awatere Valley forces vines to prioritse fruit over foliage and quality over quantity.
A long, slow ripening season delivers elegance and layers of character.
Persistent winds mean lower yields and thicker skins
– and more structured, textural, concentrated wines.
Than Marlborough's main Wairau Valley,
the Awatere Valley’s terroir conspires to produce distinctive, complex, intriguing wines.