Situated in the Awa Valley in Kumeu, west of Auckland the vineyard enjoys a unique climate, with a lower than average rainfall and a mean temperature range of 10°. The site offers ideal conditions especially for Merlot and Chardonnay grapes.
The winemaker is Shayne Cox who is producing some exciting wines using traditional French methods.
Rex Sunde has been retained as the viti-culturalist and under his guidance two blocks have replanted, one in Merlot and the second in Chardonnay.
A total of 5 hectares is planted, the yields from the clay soils are low and the wines reflect the unique berry flavours produced from the combination of cool weather and the clay soils. Currently 1 hectare is planted in Chardonnay, 2 hectares in Pinot Noir, 1 hectare in Merlot and the balance in Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
Awa Vineyard was first established in 1970 to supply locally grown grapes to Kumeu River. In 1981 the vineyard was sold to Charlie Bazzard who produced wine under the Bazzard Estate banner. In 1999 Stewart and Colleen Cameron purchased the vineyard and after contract growing for the first three years, started making wine from the vineyard once again in 2002.