The Story

The Founders:

Phil and Chris Rose were pioneers of the wine industry in the now prestigious Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand. Their foresight, recognising the potential for the region’s free draining stony soil and abundantly pure artesian water in 1978. 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.

The Land:

Home to some of the oldest vines in Marlborough and planted by hand, the family vineyards are a reminder of the perseverance and hard work. Today, with 10 estate vineyards 100% family owned and run, Wairau River maintains total commitment to quality by carefully managing these sites to keep yields low.

The Grower:

Managing the family vineyards through the seasons, viticulturist Hamish Rose has always had an affinity with the land and love of outdoors. Once a professional abalone diver he knows the perfect food match for the Sauvignon Blanc.

The Maker:

When winemaker Sam Rose is not in the winery you’ll find him enjoying his other passion fishing. Nothing quite beats Sauvignon Blanc and fresh blue cod straight from the magnificent Marlborough Sounds.

The Chefs:

Caroline Rose and partner Tane Malcolm head up the Wairau River restaurant. Sharing their love of food prepared simply and focusing on the region’s plentiful produce provides the family with an invaluable understanding when it comes to food and wine matching.

The Place:

Spending every spare moment in the serene Marlborough Sounds the Rose family know to treasure and respect this precious resource. Like the vineyards there is an understanding to tread lightly and ensure it be enjoyed for generations to come.