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About Ara

Pure Marlborough

Marlborough New Zealand is our Tūrangawaewae - our home, the place where we feel empowered and connected. We love the land and the lifestyle of being located here, as well as the beautiful wines it enables us to produce.

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Tucked at the tip of New Zealand's South Island, Marlborough is bordered by mountains and the ocean. Home to less than 50,000 people and over 55,000 acres of grapes, this is a region full of people passionate about winemaking. Our climate and soil are crucial to the character of our wines and show the diversity of the stunning Marlborough region. We work in harmony with this beautiful environment as our means of paying it tribute.

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Within a stones' throw of the ocean, our hometown enjoys the best of sun and sea, nearby ski slopes and Sounds; the definition of raw, rugged cool climate. This also makes for amazing hiking, mountain biking, boating, fly fishing, swimming, kayaking... if it's an outdoor activity, chances are, you can find it in Marlborough. We relish this outdoor lifestyle and commit to sustainable winegrowing to ensure we look after the land.

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Sun and soil, wind and winding river valleys create the perfect setting for producing Marlborough's unique cool climate wine. Long sunny days and crisp, cool nights mean plenty of beautifully ripened fruit and elegantly balanced flavour profiles in the final products. Pair this with absolutely top notch local produce, and we have to admit it makes for a pretty good spot to enjoy the fruit of our labours, too!

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The Wairau Valley

Within the heart of Marlborough lies our flagship vineyard, in the lower Wairau Valley. A highly sought-after and finite wine region, the Wairau Valley is an ancient river bed nestled between two mountain ranges and bordered by Cook Strait.


Vineyards in the valley range from cooler, drier inland sites, to stony, early-ripening sites, to sea-breeze moderated coastal sites. Soils are more gravelly to the north nearer the riverbed. Within this region, wines reflect the individual vineyard and producer strengths but all have the hallmark pure fruit intensity and body. This gives us incredible scope to honour the individual vineyard and unique vintage our wines have come from.


Our thanks to Marlborough NZ for the imagery on this page.


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