Wairau River (pronounced why-ra-ow) produces wines exclusively sourced from our family estate vineyards first established in 1978 by Phil & Chris Rose. Hand tended in small batches from vine to bottle, low crops and ultra ripe fruit are utilised to produce premium wine that has become renowned for exhibiting intense fruit characteristics and classical elegance. With five estate vineyards of around 500 acres, Wairau River Wines can maintain total commitment to quality by carefully managing these sites to keep yields low and quality high.
Having planted their first vines in 1978, the Rose family were pioneers in the now prestigious Rapaura district, their foresight recognising the potential for the region’s free draining stony soil and abundantly pure artesian water. After supplying grapes for other producers for several years, Phil and Chris decided in 1991 to release a wine under their own label and so the Wairau River label was born.