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Waimea Estates

The estate is located in Richmond near the town of Nelson (eponymous region, subregion Waimea Plains) in the north of the South Island New Zealand, It was founded in the early 1990s by Trevor Bolitho (Managing Director) and his wife Robyn. The first vines were planted in 1993 and in 1997 the first wines were marketed. In the meantime son Ben Bolitho (winemaker and general manager) works with his wife Anna. As winemaker or Head Winemaker Trudy Sheild is responsible. The vineyards cover over 140 hectares, which are divided into six vineyards. Only own grapes are processed (no purchase or no contract winemakers).

The management is carried out according to the guidelines of the Association "Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand" with the aim of a ecological, social and economic sustainability, This is supported, among other things, by the colonization of wild animals, by the cultivation of native grasses and trees and by the use of a herd of sheep. The sheep eliminate grass, weeds and leaves while providing for fertilizer, They are the white varieties Sauvignon Blanc (over 50%), Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Sauvignon Gris, Albariño (Alvarinho) and Grüner Veltliner, as well as the red varieties Pinot Noir (18%), Cabernet Franc and Syrah planted.

All wines are produced in the own winery. The premium wines are "Trev's Red" (two-thirds Cabernet Franc, Syrah, 5% Viognier, aged 10 months in combination of old and new French and American oak barrels), "Waimea Sauvignon Blanc" (grapes from five different vineyards, a small part becomes with frequent stirring for over a month on the lees leave) and "Waimea Pinot Noir" (grapes from four different vineyards, matures 10 months in French oak barrels).

Around 80% of production goes into global export. Noteworthy is the commitment that Waimea Estates will donate to the "Tuatara Trust" to sell each bottle of the "Spinyback" brand to promote the preservation of the Tuatara (Bridegroom), a unique, about 235 million year old, flipper lizard. Off the coast of Nelson lies Stephens Island, the largest refuge of this "living fossil".

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