Our Heritage

Our Heritage

Our family have a strong heritage in wine. We can trace our ancestry back to the time of the Norman invasion of England. One of our ancestors is believed to have been a 'taster' for William the Conqueror.

Arriving in New Zealand in 1890, our great great grandparents settled in the Awatere Valley.

In 1986, nearly a century later, my parents, Peter and Anna Vavasour, planted the first grapes in what has become one of Marlborough’s premium grape growing areas.

Always in gumboots, Louis roamed the family vineyard, literally growing up with the vines - so it’s no surprise he acquired his parents' passion for great wine.