The people who hand-make Vavasour wines have been there from the start and know the Awatere intimately.
Born and raised in the Awatere, as a child our Winemaker Stu witnessed an exciting transformation from quiet pastoral farming to grape growing as Vavasour forged a new frontier in winemaking. As a nine-year-old he was at the winery for that first revelatory vintage of 1989 – and caught the winemaking bug.
Teenage school holidays were spent working in the Vavasour vineyards, gaining skills and experience. He graduated from Lincoln University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology and immediately started as Vavasour’s assistant winemaker, and became Winemaker in 2007. Stu was a finalist at the 2008 & 2009 Young Winemaker of the Year Awards.
“I spent a back breaking school holiday planting some of our Sauvignon vines in our stony soils so it’s incredibly really rewarding to now use the fruit of these vines to make our award-winning Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc.” - Vavasour Winemaker Stu Marfell
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