Founders of Tiki Wine, Royce and Sue McKean bought an old 325 hectares sheep farm in Waipara and planted their first 60 hectares of wine. By the end of 2006 Waiata Vineyard in Waipara was fully planted, with potential for more land in otherregions in sight. In 2009 Tiki released their first vintage of Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.
As a company, Tiki are an indigenous NZ Maori wine producer that is committed to sustainable winegrowing. Tiki care for their vines under the guiding Maori principles of Kaitiakitanga: Guardianship, protection and preservation of the earth.
“We knew pretty early on that we wanted to name our wine label TIKI. This name was created in honour of Royce’s great-great-grandfather, Ngati Uenuku Chieftain, Tiki Tere Mihi.”
The name Tiki also represents a hand carved Maori treasure which, when gifted bestows good fortune and love on others. “We craft our wines with this same spirit in mind. Tiki started from very humble beginnings and we certainly have never forgotten how lucky we are to do what we do in such a beautiful place. That sense of adventure and feeling of freedom that we get from living in New Zealand has never left us and is at the very heart of Tiki and the bespoke wines that we produce.
TIKI is the flagship brand and includes three ranges, TIKI Estate, TIKI Single Vineyard and TIKI KORO. These are all positioned at key price points for the wide range of markets that these wines are available within.