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About Us

"I'd like to think that the care with which we manage the soil and the plants that grow in it, has an enormous impact on the ultimate quality and consistency of the wine we produce".

A Family Business

In the early nineties, Trevor and Robyn Bolitho were keen to diversify their horticultural operation into grapegrowing and winemaking. They recognised that the stony alluvial soils of the Waimea Plains were ideal for fine wine production. We planted our Annabrook, Hunter and Hill vineyards between 1993 and 1995. The first wine from these vines was produced in 1997 and was an immediate success, winning Trophy for best Sauvignon Blanc in the 1998 Winestate Awards. By 2006 we had planted our Hope, Packhouse, Colin's and Lansdowne Road Vineyards and built a modern winery on site to support the rapid growth in wine production.

One of the distinguishing features of Nelson wineries today is that all of them are family owned and run and Waimea Estates is no exception.

We pride ourselves on remaining effectively a boutique producer. Since those first plantings, as a family we have been intimately involved with production, micro-managing the vineyards in order to deliver the best possible fruit to the winery, in the absolute belief that great wines begin in the vineyard.

Trevor, Robyn, Ben & Anna Bolitho