Our Story

The Waimea Plains have a long history of growing fresh produce due to its rich soils and consistent rain fall in the area. Early Maori settlers had successfully planted large kumara crops in the area due to cooler climates and high sunshine hours. In the 1820’s there was an influx of European sealers and whalers to the area who then began to trade with local Maori  for their Kumara, Potatos and Corn grown on the Waimea Plains.


Fast forward to the 90’s and in 1993 Waimea Estate was established by the toil and triumph of two generations of the Bolitho family, who planted over 140ha of vineyards in this area. Waimea offers a breadth of flavours and the opportunity to try new varietals, with over 10 different wines in the range. Reflecting Nelson’s warm maritime climate with cool coastal breezes, Waimea wines are approachable with a refined acid profile – and a history of winning trophies in NZ and abroad.

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