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.
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.