The Historic Wairau Valley
There is a windswept elegance to Marlborough’s famed Wairau Valley.
It is both the heart of the district and home to some of the country’s most famous wines. The region takes its name from the Wairau River, which flows from the alpine ranges in the west to the ocean at Cloudy Bay.
among the finest
Wines from the Wairau Valley are rich, elegant, generous and concentrated. Goldwater’s wines are considered by many aficionados to be among the finest of the appellation.
Great Soils, Mild Climate
& Sustainable Farming
Our growing season in the Wairau Valley is defined by moderate temperatures, chilly nights and little rainfall. The combination of low-fertility soils and a cool climate naturally restricts yields and intensifies the fruit flavours in our wines. We practice sustainable viticultural methods to ensure the long-term viability of our land and to capture the authenticity of our region. All of our vineyards are carefully managed with a focus on quality rather than quantity. The Wairau Valley is renowned for producing exotically intense Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris along with elegantly spiced Pinot Noir.
– Sustainable Winegrowing –
Preserving our environment and the quality of our wine.
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) was established in 1997 to help the industry elevate their performance in environmental, social and economic sustainability issues. Today, the SWNZ sets standards for vineyards and wineries that help preserve the environment and increase the quality of our wines. The group also manages communications with the public on the evolution and impact of our industry.
WE HARVEST FRUIT FROM BOTH ESTATE AND GROWER VINEYARDS LOCATED IN MARLBOROUGH’S TWO MARQUEE REGIONS: THE AWATERE AND WAIRAU VALLEYS.
All of our vineyards are sustainably farmed and Goldwater Winery is Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand certified.
- All estate vineyards used in Goldwater wines are certified by SWNZ
- All winemaking and bottling plants are accredited by SWNZ
- Soil and vine tests are conducted by an independent expert who makes recommendations based on soil type and grape variety
- Cover crops are planted to attract beneficial insects as well as to encourage nitrogen and other nutrients in the soil
- Moisture in the soil is measured to determine the least amount of water necessary to sustain healthy vines
- Irrigation audits are performed regularly
Weed & Disease
- The Goldwater team is trained in pest and disease monitoring protocols
- Mowers dispense clippings under the vines to enhance organic matter in the soil