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One place.
Pure Marlborough.

There is no wine anywhere in the world that tastes like the wine of Marlborough. 

Climate is crucial to the character of Marlborough, so too is the soil. Most of the soils were laid down within the last 14,000 years; carved and eroded by glaciers in the high country and carried down to the coast by snow melt rivers. Balance, purity and intense flavour set around impressive aroma, distinctive fruit and appealing balanced acidity is unrivalled.

The Wairau Valley

The highly sought-after Wairau Valley is an ancient river bed nestled between two mountain ranges and bordered to the North by Cook Strait. Broadly speaking, this finite sub-region of Marlborough covers cooler, drier inland sites, barren stony, early-ripening sites to sea-breeze moderated coastal sites. Soils are more gravelly to the north nearer the riverbed. Within this, wines reflect the individual vineyard and producer strengths but all have the hallmark pure fruit intensity and body.

Ara own 13 vineyards in the Wairau Valley and maintain strong long term relationships with some of the Valley’s best growers. This means Ara consistently have the finest grapes from the region each vintage.


The land will look after us if we look after the land. Simple as that. So we take care to keep the environmental footprint as small as possible.

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Making wine

Everything we do to make wine at Ara is informed by three fundamental beliefs.

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