Wairau River (pronounced why-row) 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 nine estate vineyards of around 700 acres, Wairau River Wines can maintain total commitment to quality by carefully managing these sites to keep yields low and quality high.
The extended Rose family are all heavily involved in the business – so we are a true family owned and managed winery.
Chris can mostly be found in her kitchen making daily lunches for the family. Babysitting grand children is also a full time occupation.
Actively involved in all aspects of the business – you will more than likely find him on a tractor or driving around the vineyards in his old ute.
Mother of Oscar, Lily, Felix & Poppy - Pip manages the restaurant & cellar door – in her spare time(?) she loves cooking with the kids at home.
Parky is married to Pip – General Manager of the business who wears a number of hats – mainly for sun protection !!
Mother of Joe & Rory – Anna carries out many varied duties around the winery – always obliging and never a bad word said.
Paul is married to Anna – he works for Rabobank in town and tends to his orchard on the weekends.
Partner of Kristy – When Hamish is not tending to the vines you'll find him chasing wild pigs and deer around the hills of Marlborough.
Mother of Harriett, Ruby, Charlotte and Toby – Kristy looks after payroll so she is always well looked after when visiting the winery !
When Uncle Sam's not making wine he is more than likely to be found fishing for grouper or kingfish in the Marlborough Sounds.
Mother of Willow & Tilly – Caroline is our pastry queen – making sure the restaurant desserts are mouth watering sensations !
Partner of Caroline – Tane's skills in the kitchen are legendary – Outside of sharpening his knifes he plays a mean game of tennis.