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 also remain bonded to our roots. 
The whanau
Our whanau (family) connection with the Marlborough region began with the migration, around 1350 AD, with landings at the Wairau Bar. It is said that all the tribes of New Zealand have links back to these first arrivals.
In the early 1800s, our mother’s people came to this area from Kapiti, in the lower North Island, and began living on the land we call home today.
On our father’s side, Francis MacDonald arrived here from Scotland in the mid-1800s. Two generations later, in the early 1930s, Sciascia was the family matriarch, an Italian with a big heart, a big family, and a big vision. By this time the MacDonald family owned the railway line that ran up the South Island, and two shops in Kaikoura.
Enterprise continued, and through hard effort, flourished. Our grandfather’s generation, around 1950, saw a move into mixed farming. Orchards, dairy, or crops, we’ve always believed in seizing opportunity.

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. 

Chinese language

This section is for Chinese language speakers who want to learn more about the Marlborough wine region. Thanks to NZ Wine Growers for these resources. …

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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…