The word Aronui derives from the Māori mythological basket of knowledge associated with crafts, arts and working with the land in beneficial ways. This reflects our commitment to caring for the land and our artisanal approach to winemaking. As our owners are kaitiaki (guardians of their natural resources) and focused on sustainable enterprise, both Tohu and Aronui vineyards are certified by Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand (SWNZ), our company is CEMARS accredited, and our wines are carboNZero certified.
Whenua Matua (Significant Lands) is the name of our Aronui vineyard. It is located in Nelson’s Moutere Valley – an area fast becoming an aromatics powerhouse. This compliments our Tohu vineyards located in Marlborough, where we continue to produce our Single Vineyard Estate grown wines and our exceptional Kaumatua-Reserve range, named after special elders from within our whanau.
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Whanau = family. Māori = indigenous peoples of New Zealand. Kaumauta = respected elder