Red Deer Wine
Waitaria Bay Estate in the Marlborough Sounds is one of the most isolated places in New Zealand. And it is here that our herd of red deer is raised side by side with our vines, in the secluded, pristine haven we call home.
A boutique vineyard by the sea produces traditional hand crafted wines that are grown organically. We hand prune, shoot thin, leaf pluck and hand pick in the pursuit of perfection. Only the best of our grapes make it to the wine press as we strive to create the best possible wine from each of our varietals.
Waitaria Bay Estate, formerly Bayview Wines, was re-branded as RED DEER which reflects the varied enterprises at this incredibly interesting vineyard. Red Deer graze this sheltered, green valley alongside the slopes covered in vines.
Our mission is simple:At Waitaria Bay, we focus on making a truly handmade wine. This means that all vineyard work is completed with human labour and also a bit of blood, sweat, tears and the odd wasp sting at harvest.
Owner Stan Simpson said Red Deer Wines are totally hand worked and picked and we just received our organic certification. This vineyard has seen a meteoric rise since it was established in 2004. Initially skeptics thought that the Sounds climate would not be suitable for viticulture-too wet or too windy. But Red Deer Wines have proved them wrong. Its very isolation protects it from wind-blown diseases, thus decreasing spraying, and the lack of early or late frosts eliminates the need for helicopters.
Red Deer Wine was officially certified as Organic in March 2014. Organic production means our product is free of GMO, the routine use of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. At Red Deer Wine we believe that organic production is the only sustainable option for benefiting ourselves, our environment and future generations. Visit our organics page for more information on how our wine is grown and certified by the New Zealand government.