Original Awatere: a valley and style apart.

Vavasour is the founding winery of Marlborough’s smaller, cooler Awatere Valley.
An intimate knowledge of this dramatic southern pocket of Marlborough rewards us
with wines of extraordinary elegance, perfume and texture.

The founding of an appellation.

When the Vavasour name came to this remote pocket of Marlborough in 1890, it brought with it a pedigreed history
dating back to Anglo-Norman England, and a character of daring, veracity and custodianship.
A hundred years later, Vavasour planted the first vines in the Awatere.

In 1986, the Awatere was a distant landscape dotted with sheep and thought too extreme for vines, so Vavasour had the pick of the Valley. That risk was rewarded: right from the start, intense layers of flavour declared a unique presence that demanded international attention. Vavasour put the Awatere on the map as a sub-region to note.