Tupari Wines

Tupari (Too-pa-ree) takes its name from the dramatic cliffs forming the Upper Awatere Valley of Marlborough where the Turnbull family and pioneering winemaker Glenn Thomas have collaborated to create wines of distinction. The Turnbull estate is situated on north-facing river terraces overlooking the braided Awatere River. Here, vigneron David Turnbull and his son Heath work with the terroir of the valley’s unique terraces, employing sustainable viticulture to harness the special characteristics of the land.

Their carefully nurtured grapes allow renowned Awatere winemaker Glenn Thomas to create sophisticated, elegant wines displaying arresting flavour intensity and finely honed structure and balance. Their combined talents form an impressive partnership committed to producing a portfolio of exceptional wines. The Tupari range is a true reflection of the varietals that grow best in the Upper Awatere Valley and comprises Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Dry Riesling, Pinot Noir and Late Harvest Riesling.

Our Vineyard

A Unique Vineyard of True Character

Formerly an apricot orchard, the Tupari Vineyard sits at an altitude of 150m-200m in the perfect section of the valley’s grape-growing zone. Its northerly aspect allows for maximum benefit of the sun’s hot rays. This positioning also creates a heat bank when absorbed by the stone carpet under the vines. These rocks radiate warmth long into the night, complemented by regular cooling sea breezes that flow up the valley in the late afternoon.

The Tupari vineyard is separated into distinct blocks each with its own character and flavour profile.

Tupari Sauvignon Blanc is crafted by combining grapes of two separate blocks – bringing the distinct minerality of the Boulder Block together with the white stone-fruit characteristics of Campers Flat to create a single vineyard wine of balanced complexity.

Tupari Pinot Noir is grown on clay bound gravels producing wine with exceptional body and colour. Pinot Gris and Riesling grapes are grown atop the magnificent cliff face on a thin strip of land with the best views in the vineyard.

Sauvigon Blanc Awards

2012 Vintage

  • Bronze – 2013 Boutique Wine Awards
  • Bronze – 2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)
  • Bronze – 2013 NZ International Wine Show
  • Commended – 2013 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

2011 Vintage

  • Pure Bronze – 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
  • Bronze – 2012 New Zealand Royal Easter Show
  • Bronze – 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Highly Commended – 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition
  • Commended – 2012 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
  • Commended – 2012 International Wine Competition (IWC)

2010 Vintage

  • Double Gold – 2011 Five Nations Wine Challenge
  • Silver – 2011 International Wine Competition
  • Silver – 2011 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition – Food and Wine Award (Sashimi)

Pinot Gris Awards

2013 Vintage

  • NZ’s Top Pinot Gris (5 Stars) – Cuisine Magazine March Issue 2014

2012 Vintage

  • Silver Outstanding – 2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)
  • Silver – 2013 NZ International Wine Show
  • Commended – 2013 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

2011 Vintage

  • Silver – 2012 New Zealand Royal Easter Show
  • Bronze – 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Bronze – 2012 International Wine Competition (IWC)
  • Highly Commended – 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition

2010 Vintage

  • Top Dry Pinot Gris (5 Stars) – Cuisine Magazine March Issue 2011
  • Silver – 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Silver – 2011 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition – Food and Wine Award (Peking Duck)
  • Bronze – 2011 International Wine Competition (IWC)

Dry Riesling Awards

2012 Vintage

  • Silver – 2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)
  • Silver – 2013 NZ International Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2013 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
  • Bronze – 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

  • 2011 Vintage

    • Pure Bronze – 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2012 Boutique Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2012 New Zealand Royal Easter Show
    • Commended – 2012 International Wine Competition (IWC)

    2010 Vintage

    • Pure Gold – 2010 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

    Pinot Noir Awards

    2011 Vintage

    • Pure Gold – 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2012 Decanter Asia Wine Awards

  • 146 Upton Downs Rd
    Seddon, Awatere Valley
    Marlborough

    P: +64 21 454 354

    CONTACT: Olivia Doonan