WAIMARAMA

WAIMARAMA
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Concept

A unique wine made by the hands
of people who live in New Zealand’s nature.
The word Waimarama means “moonlight on the water”
in the native Maori language of New Zealand.
The Waimarama area is located in the blessed lands of Hawke’s Bay
in the North Island of New Zealand,
where the vineyards look over the grand Tukituki River.
Chateau Waimarama is a unique wine made locally in this place where
the moonlight dances on the water in New Zealand’s natural environment.
History
1988 The vineyard was developed with a vision of making great wines that can match the wines of Bordeaux. The estate has been highly rated ever since the first vintage.1998 The vineyard was completely redesigned by improving the soil and replanting all the vines. This has enabled production of wines with better balance, power, finesse and elegance.2012 The passion of the viticulture team and the winemaker resulted in a gold medal at the NZ international wine show for our 2009 vintage.2015 To advertise the rarity and value of our wine, Chateau Waimarama rebranded its bottle labels.1988 The vineyard was developed with a vision of making great wines that can match the wines of Bordeaux. The estate has been highly rated ever since the first vintage.1998 The vineyard was completely redesigned by improving the soil and replanting all the vines. This has enabled production of wines with better balance, power, finesse and elegance.2012 The passion of the viticulture team and the winemaker resulted in a gold medal at the NZ international wine show for our 2009 vintage.2015 To advertise the rarity and value of our wine, Chateau Waimarama rebranded its bottle labels.
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Terroir

  • Terroir
    Protected from the southerly winds by the Te Mata Peak and the surrounding foothills, Waimarama is situated in a dense sandstone pan with a rich top soil environment. The resulting soil and climate of this naturally blessed province of Hawke’s Bay create this aromatic and elegant wine.
  • Vineyard
    The vineyard covers 4.5ha, and the small team brings out the best grapes. All the trimming and picking is done by hand.This careful approach to viticulture is based on the belief that “great wines start from the vineyard”.
  • Sustainability
    We aim to pass on Hawke’s Bay’s soil, water, and air to the next generation by enhancing their value. Waimarama’s policy is to “keep the nature and protect the land.”Waimarama earned a reputation as one of the first wineries to introduce sustainable viticulture in 2002.

Winemakers

  • Managing Director
    Chase Arquette
    Chase has been taking care of our winery since 1998. He manages the winery and also supervises the vineyard work. Chase puts a lot of effort into making good wines. He cherishes the terroir and was one of the first to introduce sustainable viticulture to New Zealand back in 2002.
    Interview vol.01
  • Winemaker
    Ludwig Vanneron
    Ludwig graduated from Bordeaux University in 1998 and started his winemaking career working under Michel Rolland. He went on to become the technical manager of a well-known Chateau in Bergerac and started his own business in 2011. He is now a consultant for grape-growing and winemaking.
    Interview vol.02
    Interview vol.03
    Interview vol.04
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Our Wine

  • SSS Cabernent Sauvignon 2009SSS Cabernent Sauvignon 2009
    All elements in complete harmony,a peerless wine
    The name SSS is given only to the highest-ranking wines selected by Shigeru Sato, the owner of Chateau Waimarama. The blending work is performed every year in June of the following year after vine harvesting to determine the style of wine. During the blending, Mr. Sato decided to select and bottle some as special wine, inspired by the excellent quality of the harvest of the year 2009. This original wine uses 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the most sun-kissed lot from the highest part of the vineyard in the hills of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Only six barrels were matured for 16 months in 100 percent new oak barrel, bottle aged in the calm environment of the winery. This is how the very precious 1,768 bottles (750 ml each) of 2009 were made.
    • SWEET DRY
    • LIGHT BODIEDLIGHT BODIED FULL BODIEDFULL BODIED
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    ※We do not sell alcohol to under aged persons.
  • MINAGAWA
    MINAGAWA Reserve Selection 2009MINAGAWA Reserve Selection 2009
    Mellow and elegant, with a complex and delicate aroma
    Deep and dark ruby color. Framboise and apricot aroma with a hint of a dark chocolate.
    Also, impression of roast nuts aroma from a French oak.
    The taste is smooth and warm.
    • SWEET DRY
    • LIGHT BODIEDLIGHT BODIED FULL BODIEDFULL BODIED
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    MINAGAWA Reserve Selection 2016 Kashiwa Sato Limited EditionMINAGAWA Reserve Selection 2016 Kashiwa Sato Limited Edition
    Black fruit aromas and spice flavors, round and silky texture
    Designed for an exhibition on the work of Kashiwa Sato at The National Art Center in Tokyo from 2 February 2021.
    An attractive ruby color. Black currant and blueberry aromas
    with a hint of spices and toasted notes. Perfectly ripened 5 international grapes provide
    deeply concentrated taste, silkiness and fruitness.
    • SWEET DRY
    • LIGHT BODIEDLIGHT BODIED FULL BODIEDFULL BODIED
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    ※This wine will be available for sale at The National Art Center shop during an exhibition.
    ※We do not sell alcohol to under aged persons.
  • EMIGAO
    EMIGAO Cabernet Sauvignon 2009EMIGAO Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    A concentration of a ripe fruit, powerful yet smooth taste
    Deep garnet color. Concentrated fruits flavor like a blackberry and a cassis,
    with a hint of vanilla from a new French oak.
    Very smooth taste with beautiful tannins.
    • SWEET DRY
    • LIGHT BODIEDLIGHT BODIED FULL BODIEDFULL BODIED
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  • KIRARAKA
    KIRARAKA Syrah 2009KIRARAKA Syrah 2009
    Elegant wine with beautiful aging
    Deep ruby color. Richness of fruits flavor like a cassis and a blackberry.
    Also, with a hint of spices and leathers.
    This is a well-balanced wine with elegance.
    • SWEET DRY
    • LIGHT BODIEDLIGHT BODIED FULL BODIEDFULL BODIED
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    ※We do not sell alcohol to under aged persons.

News

2020.10
Kashiwa Sato Limited Edition Release
2019.10
Fujingaho November 2019 Japanese version
2019.09
Tokyo Calendar November 2019 Japanese version
2019.09
Forbes Japan November 2019 Japanese version
2019.01
Goethe March 2019 Japanese version
2018.12
Forbes Japan February 2019 Japanese version
2018.11
Esquire Winter 2018
2018.11
Forbes Japan January 2019 Japanese version
2018.09
20 year celebration of Chateau Waimarama event at Per Se in NYCmovie