Wairau River is one of the largest independent wine estates in Marlborough, and the range of elegant wines is characteristically expressive of its Marlborough roots. Wairau River (pronounced why-ra-ow), true family owned and managed winery, produces wines exclusively sourced from the family estate vineyards first established in 1978 by Phil & Chris Rose. Hand tended in small batches from vine to bottle, low crops and ultra ripe fruit are utilized to produce premium wine that has become renowned for exhibiting intense fruit characteristics and classical elegance. With five estate vineyards of around 500 acres, Wairau River Wines can maintain total commitment to quality by carefully managing these sites to keep yields low and quality high. Respect for the environment is imperative in all decisions, concerning the winery and vineyards to lessen the impact on the surroundings and to ensure that the future generations have a sustainable basis to continue to create world class wines.