Vavasour Wines, established in 1985, pioneered viticulture in the Awatere Valley. The winery is located thirty minutes south of Blenheim on the stony river terraces of the Awatere Valley. It is an area of stark and majestic beauty. Scorching sun and dry winds result in ripe and concentrated fruit that turns into some of New Zealand’s best wine.
Vavasour makes very good Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Vavasour Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2005 was awarded 91 points by Wine Spectator magazine. Premium wines are branded Vavasour, while younger drinking wines that are made from grapes grown in the Awatere Valley and the neighbouring Wairau Valley are labelled Dashwood and Clifford Bay.