The Bolitho family established Waimea Estates in 1993 when Trevor and Robyn Bolitho planted their first grapes on the Waimea Plains of Nelson, New Zealand.
Today, the business is run by a dedicated team of professionals headed by Trevor and son Ben, who since 2005 has been Waimea's Viticulturist and in 2010 became our General Manager. That team extends to a growing number of International distributors and resellers who work hard to bring Waimea to the tables of wine lovers around the world.
"I think nothing has been more satisfying than seeing many years hard work in the vineyards pay off year after year in award winning wines that are enjoyed by people all over the world."
Trevor Bolitho - Managing Director
Ben Bolitho formally started in the family business in 2001 as Vineyard Manager, but has lived and breathed viticulture since his childhood days growing up on the vineyards. Today he is Waimea's Viticulturist, responsible for the day to day operations of the company's 140 hectares of vineyards, as well as managing all contract growers.
"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
As orchardists on the Waimea Plains in the early nineties we were keen to diversify from apples into grape growing and winemaking. 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 2008 Winestate awards. As the success of Waimea Estates grew, apples decreased in the business mix until finally, in 2006, the last of the apples were pulled out. By this time we has 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.