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Founded in 2002, the Winegrowers of Ara estate lies the confluence of the Wairau & Waihopai rivers; part of the Southern Valleys sub-region of the Marlborough winegrowing area. The Ara 1600ha shingle terrace points not only to a specific geographical place but also to a commitment towards higher density planting, lower yields & a gradual move away from irrigation. Their first vintage was 2005. Composite reflects viticulturalist Jean-Charles van Hoves selection of the best fruit from the patchwork of vineyard parcels at his disposal. They produce a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir. Composite wines are from Ara, a new origin of wine that lies at the confluence of the Wairau and Waihopai rivers in the world famous Marlborough region of New Zealand. Ara is an extensive and ancient river terrace - a remarkable feature on the New Zealand landscape presenting superb conditions for growing exceptional cool-climate sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. The wines, name and label designs are an integrated expression of the place - Ara - from soil classification, vineyard design, trellis construction and water networks to small batch winemaking and careful blending.