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 just caretakers of the land, for the next generation”.

Melding of people and place

te Pā is born from the enterprise of the MacDonald family. Our land sits alongside the coast of Marlborough, 250km north of Christchurch.

This environment offers so much to our lifestyle. Cockles, mussels, eels watercress, whitebait, kawahai, salmon. Simple things, in balance: just as it has been for generations.

We planted grapes in 2003, and now have close to 500 hectares in vines across the greater Marlborough region.

te Pā produces Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc Oke, Rose, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, with our very first Sauvignon Blanc vintage acclaimed as superb. We have also produced our inaugural 2015 Chardonnay, which won a Gold at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards. We've also expanded our family of brands to include our Koha and Pā Road ranges of wine, which have both been received to critical acclaim around the world. 

Looking ahead, under the leadership of Haysley MacDonald, te Pā continues to be available in more countries than ever before. 

But what we believe in will never change.


Just reading the article in the Dish Magazine,
I read that you are all joining together, as I am in a Wine Club and am the Cellar Master responsible for attracting Wineries to our monthly meetings.
Just wonder if in 2019 your group of wineries would be interested in show casing your wines and telling us the amazing story behind the collective.
Would love to hear from you. We are in Papamoa, Bay of Island
Jeannie Johansson
Hi there! I have worked in the wine industry for over 30 years and just had a bottle of your Sparkling Rose. It was gorgeous! I purchased it from Pak n Save Rangiora as something a bit different and special as the starting drink for my husband's 50th. It was rich, bright and delicious. Could you please tell me where else in Christchurch I can get it. I live in Cheviot, North Canterbury. I have been recommending it to everyone. Love your story and keep up the great work.
Pip Sidey
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