About our logo: Hei Matau

Our logo speaks to who we are as a family, as a people, and as an award-winning wine producer.  

The distinctive te Pā logo is a literal representation of the hei matau, a traditional Māori fish hook, which illustrates the MacDonald family's connection to the Wairau Bar and the surrounding bodies of water as their source of sustenance.

The logo is also symbolic of waru which is ‘eight’ in Te Reo Māori, which gives a nod to the family's 800-year history on the land.

The hei matau represents strength, prosperity, good luck and safe travel across water. It also incorporates the importance of fishing to Māori and a great respect for the sea.

 To this day, the MacDonald family enjoy fishing, collecting crayfish (koura), kina (sea urchin), and pāua (abalone) and focus their efforts on passing on their innate love and respect for the water and its bounty, to the younger generations. 

Liam McElhinney

“Our approach is to let the quality of the fruit speak for itself. The result is a range of wines we are proud to bring to the world.” Liam…

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Terroir unlike any other: The Wairau Bar

It all began here. Around 1350 AD, it is said, the first canoes rode the crashing waves of the Wairau Bar in to the Wairau river mouth. People set foot…

Haysley MacDonald

No matter where I travel, I always think of home, says Haysley MacDonald – Director & Proprietor of te Pā Wines. 

About our logo: Hei Matau

Our logo speaks to who we are as a family, as a people, and as an award-winning wine producer.  

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Sam Bennett

“Great wine is all about respect.  Respect for the fruit, respect for the land, and respect for the people and the process.” Sam Bennett…

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Our Place: The lay of the land

At te Pā, there’s a sense that the whole valley leads to us; carved over many millennia by the Wairau River.

Our Place: Flora & Fauna

For generations, we have made the most of the mighty Wairau River which runs through our land. 

Gareth Exton

“The best vintage starts with an understanding of where you are.” Gareth Exton – Vineyard Manager

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A way of life

“We fish the river and out to sea. My grandfather did exactly the same thing. Nothing’s changed,”  reflects Phillip MacDonald,…

Our family history

Over the years, we have been many things. Fishermen, farmers, horticulturists — and now, winemakers. Yet while we will always embrace change, we…

te Pā today

Our ancestors knew the value of family and connection with the land. That hasn’t changed. As Philip reflects, “At the end of the day we’re…

te Pā – our home for 800 years

At te Pā, the land has been the backbone of our family for 800 years. It's the heart of who we are, and all that we do. We'd like you to share that sense…