Awatere River Winery

About Us

Awatere River create a range of premium quality wines from our small appellation in the world-famous wine-growing region - the Awatere Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand.

Standing proud at the head of Marlborough's Awatere Valley is Mount Tapuae-o-uenuku - the highest peak outside of New Zealand's Main Divide. Its glaciers feed the Awatere River, which meanders its way through some of New Zealand's best wine growing country.

It was on this country that the Vavasour family settled in 1887, pioneering commercial grape-growing and winemaking. Peter and Anna Vavasour planted the first vines in the Dashwood district in 1986 and established the region's first winery.

Awatere River, by Louis Vavasour, is a collection of award-winning, low yield, premium quality wines that reflect the distinctive terroir of the alluvial river flats on which they were grown. Louis’ wines are crafted from over two decades of immersion in winemaking and draw on over a century of Vavasour family tradition.

Focusing on length, structure and complexity, Awatere River produces exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

"Our wines capture the essence of the Marlborough lifestyle. For me, that's about fun days kicking back at the bach with friends and family - fishing, diving for scallops, or sailing the tranquil Sounds. Frequently enjoying the quality wines created virtually in our own backyard."

Louis Vavasour, Winemaker and Founder