Nestled between the mighty Wairau River and the azure waters of the Cook Strait ocean, with Cloudy Bay directly in front,
The Wairau Bar is New Zealand’s earliest known settlement. It’s a long gravel bank formed where the Wairau River meets the sea. Back when it was occupied, the site was probably an island, ideally located to source plentiful
It seems that the Wairau Bar was probably a permanent settlement. Archaeologists first excavated the site in the mid-20th century, digging up many graves, including detailed adzes and personal ornaments. The bones and possessions were only repatriated to their rightful resting place in recent years, thanks to a team of archaeologists from the University of Otago and representatives of the Rangitane iwi.
With the river to the
Soils range from rich fertile loams of varying depths overlying alluvial deposits, through to the sandy/silty soils of the seaside blocks. The Wairau Bar tends to ripen earlier than
This unique microclimate gives the fruit parcels from this vineyard a soft acidity, pungent aromatics, and complex, ripe