The estate is located in Richmond near the city of Nelson (region of the same name, sub-region 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 the first wines were marketed in 1997. In the meantime his son Ben Bolitho (winemaker and general manager) also works in the company with his wife Anna. Trudy Sheild is responsible as cellar master or head winemaker. The vineyards cover over 140 hectares, which are divided into six vineyards. Only our own grapes are processed (no purchase or contract winemaker).
The management follows the guidelines of the association "Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand" with the aim of ecological
, social and economic sustainability
, This is promoted, among other things, by the settlement of wild animals, by the cultivation of native grasses and trees and by the use of a flock of sheep. The sheep clear grass, weeds and leaves and care for them at the same time fertilizer
, They are made with the white varieties Sauvignon Blanc (over 50%), Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Sauvignon Gris, Albariño (Alvarinho) and Grüner Veltliner, as well as with the red varieties Pinot Noir (18%), Cabernet Franc and Syrah planted.
All wines are produced in our own winery. The premium wines are "Trev's Red" (two thirds Cabernet Franc, Syrah, 5% Viognier, 10 months in combination of old and new French and American barriques), "Waimea Sauvignon Blanc" (grapes from five different vineyards, a small part is with frequent stirring over a month on the lees left) and “Waimea Pinot Noir” (grapes from four different vineyards, aged for 10 months in French barriques).
Around 80% of production is exported worldwide. It is worth mentioning the commitment that Waimea Estates donates to the “Tuatara Trust” for every bottle of the “Spinyback” brand to promote the preservation of the Tuatara (bridge lizard), a unique scale lizard that is around 235 million years old. The largest refuge of this "living fossil" lies off the Nelson coast with Stephens Island.