The Bolitho family established Waimea Estates in 1993 when Trevor and Robyn Bolitho planted their first grapes on the Waimea Plains of Nelson, New Zealand.
Today, Waimea have over 140 hectares of grapes planted in six vineyards with predominantly free-draining soil and the business is run by a dedicated team of professionals headed by Trevor and son Ben, who since 2005 has been Waimea's Viticulturist.
Waimea works on the principle that to make great wine you need great grapes and so their wine quality and appeal begins in the vineyards. The stony loam soils of the Plains, along with a moderating maritime influence and a protective phalanx of hills, create the perfect terroir to produce ‘an evenly pitched’ range of varietal wines.
One of the distinguishing features of Nelson wineries today is that all of them are family owned and run and Waimea Estates is no exception.