The word Aronui derives from ancient Māori mythology about the pursuit of knowledge, including the arts and working with the land in beneficial ways.
Like our landmark Tohu range, our winemaking philosophy with Aronui is to create a style of wine that best reflects its region. Our grapes are grown in Nelson’s Upper Moutere, one of New Zealand’s most exciting boutique wine regions. Whenua Matua means ‘significant land’, and significant it is. The vineyard is on tribal land and has remained in the ownership of its traditional owners - a place of historic importance and reverence. The region is composed of gentle rolling country with clay soils laced with layers of gravel. Heavier soils composed of clay are ideal for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
Our winery, located in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, is utilised to make both Tohu and Aronui wines with a consent to process 6000 tonnes of wine. Owning our own modern, fit-for-purpose facility enables our winemaker and his team complete control – optimising the quality of all of our wines.
Our philosophy is that wine should encapsulate a place and a time. As a product it doesn’t play by the same rules as mass-produced consumer goods, it varies from year to year, place to place.
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ)
All of our company vineyards and winery sites are accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ). SWNZ is managed by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national wine industry body. The programme was developed to provide a best-practice model for environmental sustainability in the industry. Displaying the SWNZ logo guarantees that environmentally sustainable practices have been used from the vineyard to the bottle.
Awards & Accolades
In the last 3 years alone our wines have received a combined 10 trophies, 36 five star reviews and 52 gold medals. These include some of the most prestigious wine competitions and publications in the world.