There is no wine anywhere in the world that tastes like the wine of Marlborough.
Climate is crucial to the character of Marlborough, so too is the soil. Most of the soils were laid down within the last 14,000 years; carved and eroded by glaciers in the high country and carried down to the coast by snowmelt rivers. Balance, purity and intense flavour set around impressive aroma, distinctive fruit and appealing balanced acidity are unrivalled.
The Wairau Valley
The highly sought-after Wairau Valley is an ancient riverbed nestled between two mountain ranges and bordered to the North by Cook Strait. Broadly speaking, this finite sub-region of Marlborough covers cooler, drier inland sites, barren stony, early-ripening sites to sea-breeze moderated coastal sites. Soils are more gravelly to the north nearer the riverbed. Within this, wines reflect the individual vineyard and producer strengths but all have the hallmark pure fruit intensity and body.
Ara owns 13 vineyards in the Wairau Valley and maintains strong long-term relationships with some of the Valley’s best growers. This means Ara consistently have the finest grapes from the region each vintage.
Ara Single Estate on the edge of the world is made with grapes from one place, the range aims to deliver consistency of style, balance and flavour. Intensely flavoured fruits ripened by long and dry summers, the grapes used to create these single estate wines have been hand-picked, aged on yeast lees, blended, racked and fined to provide a strikingly different Marlborough Wairau Valley that amplify the remarkable valley story.