Established in 1992 by the Lawson Family, Te Awa is located in the renowned Gimblett Gravels wine region within Hawkes Bay. The Te Awa site was traditionally used for sheep grazing and other agricultural endeavors, but was built into a leading winery due to its unique soil consistency. With the advent of Te Awa, came a focus on Bordeaux styled wines that were representative of the regions climate and terroir. Due to a growth of Hawkes Bay as a lifestyle destination, Te Awa opened their now acclaimed restaurant in 1999 to further showcase its outstanding wines and the beauty of the area. In 2002, Julian Robertson, a successful New York based businessman and wine enthusiast, purchased Te Awa and subsequently purchased the acclaimed Dry River Winery in Martinborough. Today, Te Awa is managed by Chief Winemaker, Ant Mackenzie, and is dedicated vineyard team, most of whom have worked on the land since the winery’s inception. Ant is also assisted by Cam McInnes, the former assistant winemaker at Dry River. The intention is that Te Awa and Dry River will continue to develop their own philosophies within their regions but work together closely on aspects of viticulture and winemaking into the future.
Flaunting its East Coast origins, this sultry and rather excitable Gris parades an array of finely-tuned, spicy/crunchy apple and pear characters that permeate the senses with an appetizing freshness. Soft, juicy notes dance lightly across the palate, while keeping vibrant and accessible.