te Pa Wines
Founder and owner of te Pā, Haysley MacDonald traces his ancestry back to the early Māori settlers who landed on Wairau Bar 800 years ago. This site became the earliest known settlement in New Zealand. Ever since then, the land at the Wairau Bar has been a source of sustenance and abundance to the people who call it home. The site is regarded as one of the most archeologically important places in the country.
The MacDonald family, descendants of the original tribe who arrived all those centuries ago, still call the Wairau Bar home. The large clan have taken a multi-generation approach to the caring for the land.
From cattle grazing, to potato farming, the fertile seaside soils of ‘the Pā’, as it’s known to the family, have been cultivated for many things over the years. In 2003 Haysley MacDonald and his family started a new adventure, converting their dairy and crop farm into vineyards and in 2011 te Pā was born. Since releasing its first vintage Sauvignon Blanc in 2011, the te Pā brand has grown to represent impeccable quality, true heritage and authenticity, and a drive to create new growth from ancient lands. Today, te Pā is rapidly growing internationally and now owning around 500ha across Marlborough.
Haysley is the driving force behind the TUKU collective. TUKU is the world’s first Māori winemakers collective, bringing together awarded Māori wine companies based on their shared values of the land, family and hospitality, together offering a wide range of premium varietals from the most famous wine growing regions of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Reviews & Accolades:
- Top Wineries of New Zealand 2018 & 2019 & 2020 & 2021 - Bob Campbell MW
- “a perfect benchmark for the style.” (Te Pa Rosé 2020) - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2020
- “From the packaging, key aromatics, taste profile and mouthfeel te Pā wines tick all the boxes.” - Cameron Douglas MS