Te Kaiaranga is located in New Zealand’s Martinborough appellation. Here, the vines grow less vigorously in the cool, breezy conditions, so yields are lower and the flavours more intense. Long dry autumns provide the right balance of warm days (creating ripeness) and cool nights (providing elegance) for producing top quality Pinot Noir and other early-ripening varieties.
Vavasour is situated in the Awatere Valley – a sub-appellation of Marlborough. Huge boulders, carried down the Awatere River, are strewn across the valley floor. The vineyards are partially protected from the prevailing north-westerly winds by a broad range of mountain peaks. Awatere valley wines are particularly prized for their intense aromatics, ripe flavours, dynamic textures and concentration.