Everything we do to make wine at Ara is informed by three fundamental beliefs.
1. Great fruit is the first requirement to make great wine.
2. To make the best of what nature gives us, we need to combine New World innovation and Old World experience.
3. You need to look after the land if you want the land to look after you.
The vineyard is unusual for Marlborough because VSP (vertical shoot position) trellis system and close row planting is used, which are practices usually associated with Old World planting styles. High vine density results in each plant bearing fewer grapes of higher quality.
To create wines that experts have described as ‘three dimensional’ and ‘immaculate’, we combine time-honoured methods with proven concepts from cutting-edge viticultural science. Our aim is to discover new expressions of classic Marlborough styles – accessible, elegant and food-friendly wines.
Jeff Clarke’s talent for consistently creating wines of outstanding quality is recognised internationally. Since 1993, he has played a key role in the development of New Zealand’s most successful wine styles.