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 - Winemaker

Hailing from Whangarei in the Far North of New Zealand, Sam completed a BSc (Biology) at Waikato University and then advanced his wine knowledge with a Diploma in Oenology and Viticulture. Close to 18 years later, today Sam has over 22 vintages under his belt (from New Zealand, and around the world).

Sam has known te Pā’s owner Haysley MacDonald for a number of years now and leapt at the opportunity to join the rest of the te Pā team in mid-2015.

Sam’s international experience has been in the cool climate regions of Tasmania, Oregon and Burgundy. He’s honed his Kiwi winemaking skills at wineries including Craggy Range in Hawke’s Bay and Marisco and Highfield in Marlborough.

These roles have seen Sam work with great fruit from a diverse range of regions stretching from Hawke’s Bay to Martinborough, Marlborough, Nelson and Central Otago. 


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…