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Hand Picked & Hand Made

Te Whare Ra (TWR) is a small vineyard and winery located in the Marlborough sub-region of Renwick, owned by winemakers – Anna & Jason Flowerday. The 11 Ha vineyard which has predominantly loam over clay soils, is one of the oldest in Marlborough, originally planted in 1979. Yields are kept low, the vineyard is managed with a combination of organic and biodynamic practices and all the fruit is hand picked and hand-sorted.

Our Story

“Our philosophy is wholly centered on making seriously good wine. We like wines to express their place – to speak of a somewhere-ness rather than of a same-ness, we want you to be able to taste this in our wines.”

Winemakers ~ Anna & Jason Flowerday

This old shed here will celebrate it's 40th birthd This old shed here will celebrate it's 40th birthday this year with Vintage 2022. What a cool milestone! 

First vintage on this site was 1982 and this is one of the first wines that was made here.
At that stage the winery consisted of just the small shed where our offices and lab are.

Funny story from the orginal founders is that their bank wouldn't give them a loan for a winery as they saw "no future in the wine industry here" but they were given a small loan for a tractor shed.

And as they say, the rest is history.
Very excited about the upcoming release of our 202 Very excited about the upcoming release of our 2021 Toru in a few weeks' time. This will mark our 16th release of our favourite field blend. 

Quite a milestone given it's humble beginnings as a little experiment back in 2006 in one of our smallest tanks. 

As many of you will know our Te Whare Ra Toru (meaning “three” in Māori) is an aromatic blend we first created way back in 2006, and has now become one of our flagship wines. 

Toru was the first of its kind in New Zealand - it is a delicious, co-fermented “field blend” of three varieties - Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris.  We are passionate about these classic Alsatian varieties and we spend a great deal of time every season coming up with the right proportions in the blend. 

We are always aiming for a wine that displays the essence of all three components, whilst creating a distinctive, and interesting wine in its own right, and co-fermentation is key to that result.

We feel that Toru delivers the aromatic spice and fleshiness of Gewürztraminer, the line and length of Riesling, and the great texture of Pinot Gris. It is a great reflection of how well suited this vineyard is for aromatic whites, and we feel like it is a wine of place that pays homage to Te Whare Ra’s history over the last 40+ years of winegrowing.

Due to the impacts of the bad flowering we had in 2021 - our Toru production was down 50% so please get in early to avoid missing out

Watch this space!

 #torutime
While the rest of team TWR have been working their While the rest of team TWR have been working their proverbials off - these two lay-abouts have been splitting their time between lounging here and doing meet and greets at cellar door.

Such a tough life being a wine dog!
Our Admin & Logistics Queen Lucy is a very talente Our Admin & Logistics Queen Lucy is a very talented lady and doubles as our in house bee expert.
21 years doing life with this guy. Wouldn't change 21 years doing life with this guy. Wouldn't change a second of it
Team TWR are back on deck this week and our tastin Team TWR are back on deck this week and our tasting room is open Wed,  Thurs,  Friday 11am till 4pm.

If you are just passing and want to grab a bottle then we are open for wine sales 9am till 4pm.

Weekend tastings are by appointment only.
Loving our backyard over the last few days. I know Loving our backyard over the last few days. I know I am slightly biased but Marlborough is bloody amazing! 

2021 Organic Rosé is delivering the perfect vibes
Hugely grateful to everyone who has supported our Hugely grateful to everyone who has supported our business this year whether as a customer, importer, supplier or just moral support. 

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy start to 2022.

See you on the other side
Team TWR are back into it today. #nzwine #vineya Team TWR are back into it today. 

#nzwine #vineyard
We are now closed for Christmas so that our team c We are now closed for Christmas so that our team can have a decent break with their families.

Thanks to all our wonderful suppliers and customers. 2021 has been another COVID induced roller-coaster of a year and we are hugely grateful for all your support.

Wishing you and yours a lovely Christmas and a safe and happy start to 2022.

Ngā mihi nui from us and our team.
Hey folks, The deadline for sending orders by co Hey folks, 

The deadline for sending orders by courier has now passed.  But if you need some last minute vino or one of our fab organic t-shirts to go under your tree we are still open this week for wine sales.

We are open from 9am till 4pm
Tues 21st
Wed 22nd
Thurs 23rd

Tastings are available by prior appointment only.

Then we will be closed from the 24th onwards for a well deserved break for us and our team.
It's been a hell of a roller-coaster this year for It's been a hell of a roller-coaster this year for Team TWR and tonight  @arbourdining made it all worth it.

Thank you Liz  and Brad and team for taking such great care of us.

Huge thanks to our team @benji.r.smith and returnee @lucywalternz01 and our fab new recruit Andrea for coming on board with our dream for our little wine company. 🙏🙏

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