Grant and Stephanie are co-owners of the business, sharing the day-to-day running and management of the property, their 3 children are also an integral part of the team. From soil to grape, to bottle, the entire ethos behind Ataahua Wines is to produce wines that represent the passion and effort the family has put into the craft of fine wine.
The Ataahua vineyard covers 8.24 hectares in central Waipara This sub-region has a unique micro-climate not seen anywhere else in the country. The wide valley floor is a mosaic of gravel and clay soils that were formed by an ancient glacial river bed millions of years ago.
With almost 2400 hours of sunshine, and around 550ml of annual rainfall a year, the valley is the ideal environment for our vines to thrive. Long, warm autumns help ripen the fruit to perfection, and the autumnal temperature variation helps draw out the ripening throughout the day. This means the grapes maintain a good natural acidity, resulting in the concentrated flavours that make all their wines delicious.