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Awatere River

The Awatere River Wine Company crafts world-class wines. Having grown up amid vines and wines, company founder Louis Vavasour was drawn to the industry and graduated from Adelaide’s prestigious Roseworthy College in 2002.

Louis Vavasour’s own family history in the Awatere Valley dates back to 1887 when his ancestors settled there. His pioneering parents Peter and Anna Vavasour planted the first grapes in the valley in 1987 and released their first vintage in 1989. 

Louis, considered a next-generation wine industry leader, founded the Awatere Valley Wine Company in 2007,  producing  sustainable,  vegan,  and  consistently  award-winning  wines. He gained winemaking experience in South Australia, California and France, before returning home to establish his own company.Louis is both focused on achieving his vision of creating a next generation world class wine business, and reflective of the past, which for the Vavasour family dates back to the days of William the Conqueror and has been closely connected to the Kings of England throughout history.

Louis Vavasour employs four philosophies in all facets of his operations; intuition, minimal intervention, sustainability and excellence. This is achieving increasing success. According to Louis Vavasour "our wines capture the essence of the Marlborough lifestyle. For me that's about fun days kicking back at the bach with friends and family - fishing, diving for scallops, or sailing the tranquil Sounds. Frequently enjoying quality wines created virtually in our own backyard." The eye- catching Anna’s Way brand is a tribute to his late mother, a Cordon Bleu chef with an unforgettable spark about her.