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    Intensely flavoured fruits ripened by long, dry summers.

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Pure estate Marlborough

 

SUNSHINE IN A BOTTLE

This may well be the brightest, crispest, most vibrant Sauvignon Blanc you’ll ever drink. Of course we’d say this, but it’s no accident. The place we grow our wine gets more bright sunshine by day and more crisp, cold weather by night than any other parcel of land in Marlborough. These two extremes create a microclimate that translates into the perfect gift to Sauvignon Blanc. The vibrant flavour in the glass is a pure reflection of this uncanny weather. Sometimes an astute winemaker‘s job is to let nature do the talking and listen carefully.
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The freedom to be individual

A land like no other

Winemaking on the edge

A breath of fresh air

Sunshine in a bottle

From great challanges come great rewards

 

FROM GREAT CHALLENGES COMES GREAT REWARD

Ask our winemakers and they’ll tell you that, without a doubt, Pinot Noir is the most temperamental grape on the planet. It is certainly the one that most keeps them awake at night. The truth is, Pinot is uncompromising – demanding, keeps us on our toes and isn’t prone to making anything easy. But the results are definitively worth it.

 

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

Purity is perhaps one of the most over-used words when people talk about wine. But what does it actually mean? At Ara, we’re crystal clear about this. Purity, to us, means from a single source. Wines with an unmistakable purity so intense, you can taste it. Unadulterated, clean and vibrant. Welcome to wines that are true reflection of the unique place where they were grown.
 
 

THE FREEDOM TO BE INDIVIDUAL

We believe in the freedom that being an individual brings – free from the expectations, the politics, the conventions, the habits, the rules. This belief serves us well in crafting our single-source wines.  
 

WINEMAKING ON THE EDGE

As if New Zealand wasn’t already on the edge of the earth, welcome to Wairau Valley, Marlborough. At 41.38S 173.57E, we’re literally on the edge of the edge. Slightly elevated, with rugged mountains on either side and two icy rivers cutting through, it’s a pretty extreme place. The very definition of raw, cool climate conditions. It’s even hard to get here, unless you know roads that aren’t on any map. To say this presents challenges to grape and man, would be an understatement. But in winemaking as in life, challenges build character – and strong character makes great wines. In fact, Jeff and his team live to embrace these challenges – creating intensely flavoured wines that are a signature expression of where we grow our wine.