Awatere River, by Louis Vavasour Peter and Anna Vavsour's son is a collection of award winning, low yield, premium quality wines that reflect the distinctive terroir of the alluvial river flats on which they were grown. Awatere River is the culmination of 15 years immersion in winemaking and draws on over a century of Vavasour family tradition. It also reflects a little of the winemaker's own history and personality.

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Location Description. Located in the heart of Awatere Valley, Marlborough. Producing world class wines. Additional Information. The Vavasour family have had its roots in the Awatere Valley sinceand it was the Vavasour family that pioneered commercial grape growing and Awatere River Wine Company making.

Peter and Anna Vavasour planted the first vines in the Awatere River Wine Company district in and established the region's first winery. Peter and Anna's son Louis, attended and graduated from Roseworthy agricultural college, and following wine making experience in France, California and Australia, returned to the place where he was born to start his own wine making business.

Winemaking at Awatere River is a balance of head and heart; science has an important role to play, but numbers alone do not make good wine - that really comes down to artistry.

We believe the less handling the better, and we like to allow the wine to develop with little or no finings - an opportunity that is only presented when the wine itself is of a very high standard. We believe you can see and taste the expression of this philosophy in every glass of Awatere River wine. We have an area of land earmarked by Peter and Louis Vavasour Awatere River Wine Company is soon to be planted, and which has the potential to raise the bench mark for Pinot Noir in New Zealand.

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Awatere River Wine Company – Wines of NZ

Awatere River Wine Company. Standing proud at the head of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley is Mount Tapuae-o-uenuku – the highest peak outside of New Zealand’s Main Divide. Its glaciers feed the Awatere River which meanders its way through some of New Zealand’s best wine growing country.…

Awatere River

At the top of the valley the statuesque, snow-capped Mount Tapuae-o-uenuku (Tapi) stretches into the sky, and fuels the Awatere River with the crisp, clean water that feeds our vines. ‘Awatere’ means ‘swift flowing river’ in Maori.…

Awatere River Wine Company Pinot Gris 2016

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Our Story — Awatere River

A flagship range, Awatere River wines have great complexity and flavour intensity. Our Philosophy. Intuition. A tradition of toil and triumph has taught us that being intuitive, be it with the land or the living, makes the best wines. Intuition is a central tenet of our approach at Awatere River Wine Company.…

Awatere River Wine Company - The Real Review

Awatere River, by Louis Vavasour (Peter and Anna Vavasour's son) is a collection of award winning, low yield, premium quality wines that reflect the distinctive terroir of the alluvial river flats on which they were grown. Focusing on length, structure and complexity, Awatere River produces exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.…