Te Whare Ra
Te Whare Ra (TWR) means “House of the Sun” in Maori, a small vineyard and winery located in the Marlborough. Founded in 1979, it is the oldest boutique winery with the oldest Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer vines planted in Marlborough. Owned by the Flowerday Family since 2003, this 11ha vineyard which has predominantly loam over clay soils has certified organic since 2008.
Their Top Series - Single Vineyard 5182 was released in 2014 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first plantings. 5182 is the vineyard designation number from BIOGRO New Zealand and represents all the hard work and effort over the past 11 years to achieve the organic certification.
THE VINEYARD AND WINERY
Yields are kept low, the vineyard is managed with a combination of organic and biodynamic practices and all the fruit is hand-picked and hand-sorted.
The wines are made with minimal intervention in a small winery which has been specifically set up for small batch winemaking. All the fruit is picked and sorted by hand and then moved by gravity to small open vats for fermentation.
Wines are fermented in different small tanks (i.e. 600lts and up) in according to each vineyard parcel (clone, soil type, vine age). Wines are aged with lees in the winery to build texture and complexity, and no fining agents and chemical yeast nutrients are added.
Te Whare Ra (TWR) means “The House in the Sun” in Maori. The 11 Ha vineyard which has predominantly loam over clay soils, is one of the oldest in Marlborough, originally planted in 1979. Yields are kept low, the vineyard is managed with a combination of organic and biodynamic practices and all the fruit is hand picked and hand-sorted.
- The oldest boutique winery in Marlborough since 1979
- Owned the oldest Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewurzyraminer vines in the region
- BioGro organic certified since 2008
OUR PHILOSOPHY IS WHOLLY CENTRED ON MAKING SERIOUSLY GOOD WINE
From humble beginnings as a tractor shed to a functional winery focused on quality
Small batcheverything -to separate all vineyard parcels
Minimal intervention and low sulphites. No fining agents, no acid added, no added tannins, or yeast nutrients
Hand picked, hand sorted, hands on!
Sufficient time on lees to build texture and complexity, not rushed to bottle.
Item2020 Te Whare Ra Single Vineyard 5182 Gewurztraminer
Item2019 Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc