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Haysley MacDonald: A Rising Star of Matariki

  • by Mikela Dennison

With the arrival of Matariki - the Maori New Year, and the star cluster - the New Zealand Herald shared an article showcasing some of the 'Rising Stars' of the season. 

We were delighted to see Haysley MacDonald, owner and founder of te Pa Family Vineyards, featured as a Rising Star of the wine industry. 

Check out the article excerpt here: 

"Haysley MacDonald (Rangitāne, Ngāi Tahu) is the founder and owner of te Pā wines.

MacDonald first planted vines in 2003 on a precious piece of land on the Wairau Bar, in Marlborough, where his ancestors have worked for generations. The land is the backbone of MacDonald's family, who trace their lineage to the Māori explorers who first landed there 800 years ago. The generations of whānau ensure everything te Pā does is full of love, care and respect.

The te Pā logo is the traditional Māori fishhook, Hei Matau, which is considered taonga, the revered symbol of life source and strength, reflecting their connection to the land and the water surrounding it.

Loved by critics and customers alike, te Pā's award-winning wines, such as Koha Pinot Noir and Pā Road Sauvignon Blanc have become part of any sommelier's vernacular. With a little more than 21 years of growing grapes, this winery is a rising star in the ancient story that is viticulture."

Rawe! Awesome! Thank you so much to the NZ Herald team for including Haysley and te Pa in this fantastic Matarki article. 

Head to the NZ Herald site by clicking here to read the full story. 

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