Ohau, Levin, North Island, New Zealand
Just a short drive along the west coast from Wellington, on New Zealand’s North Island sits the Ohau River which has become the country’s newest wine region.
The vines grow on terraces surrounding the Ohau river. It was discovered that the soil here is in fact very similar to some very good sites found in Marlborough. The area also benefits from a unique microclimate. The vines benefit from the cool west coast temperatures, producing highly aromatic grapes. For centuries the area has been shaped by the Ohau River, which has laid down deposits of gravel, resulting in a stony yet fertile soil. Warm sunshine reflects off the stone on to the vines.
From 2009 Jane Cooper – one of New Zealand’s leading winemakers – took over the production at Ohau, ensuring the best fruit is grown and the wines showcase the distinctive characteristics of the Ohau vineyard which can be experienced in our Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.
Ohau winery are part of Sustainable New Zealand Wine growing which was originally established in 1994 as an industry, and commercially introduced and adopted by growers in 1997. It is a framework for wine making practices that protects the environment while efficiently and economically produces premium wine.