New Zealand has long been hailed as a top wine producing country, consistently delivering some of the highest quality wines on an international scale. And now, on the west coast of New Zealand’s lower island in the island lies the emerging sub-region for wine growing. At the center of this, Ohau Wines has positioned itself as the purveyors of intentional wine making. The winery itself is located in the newest wine region in New Zealand, an area called Ohau, which serves as the inspiration behind the name, Ohau Wines. Despite it’s new arrival in the winery scene, Ohau has quickly garnered a dedicated following and been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards.
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Jane Cooper, the winemaker behind Ohau Wines, is regarded as one of the leading female winemakers in the industry today. She is responsible for the very first vintage from the region and the winery has quickly earned numerous awards for their exceptionally aromatic wines. Ohau’s Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc are especially popular. There is an authentic focus behind the winemaking at Ohau Wines, with special attention given to finding balance with the land, community and people behind the process. Even with the deposits of gravel that serve as the foundation of the grounds, the soil is stony, yet quite fertile. This, matched with the sun’s heat, results in high quality grapes that serve as the essence of the high quality wines that Ohau strives for.