The business is run by a dedicated team of professionals headed by Trevor and son Ben, who since 2005 has been Waimea’s Viticulturist. Ben Bolitho formally started in the family business in 2001 as Vineyard Manager, but has lived and breathed viticulture since his childhood days growing up on the vineyards. Today he is Waimea’s Viticulturist, responsible for the day to day operations of the company’s 140 hectares of vineyards, as well as managing all contract growers.
Waimea have over 140ha of vineyards.
The stony loam soils of the Plains, along with a moderating maritime influence and a protective phalanx of hills, create the perfect terroir to produce ‘an evenly pitched’ range of varietal wines.
Waimea works on the principle that to make great wine you need great grapes and so our wine quality and appeal begins in our vineyards. Year after year we harvest a quality crop - the direct result of paying careful attention to the integration of grape variety, rootstock and soil. Vine density, pruning, canopy management, soil cultivation and vine age all combine to influence the final quality of the wine we produce.
The Bolitho family established Waimea Estates in 1993 when Trevor and Robyn Bolitho planted their first grapes on the Waimea Plains of Nelson, New Zealand. The first wine from these vines was produced in 1997 and was an immediate success, winning Trophy for best Sauvignon Blanc in the 1998 Winestate Awards. By 2006 we had planted our Hope, Packhouse, Colin’s and Lansdowne Road Vineyards and built a modern winery on site to support the rapid growth in wine production.