THE WINERY

TARRAS VINEYARDS

Tarras The Canyon Vineyard is an organically managed vineyard planted in 2002. You will pass it on the way up to The Canyon. This is a special little vineyard noted for producing some of New Zealand's most highly regarded Pinot Noir. Only made in selected vintages when quality is exceptional, The Canyon Pinot Noir has been designated a Classic by renouned critic Michael Cooper in his 2021 Wine Guide.

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KURU KURU WINES

Hayden also owns KURU KURU wines, the inspiration comes from his 4th great grandmother Kuru Kuru of Ngai Tahu iwi. Around 1836 she married Captain James Joss from Scotland The family origins inspired Kuru Kuru wines, with each bottle of KURU KURU proudly displaying her moko kauae, the beautiful marking on her chin, signaling her respected position in Maori society. A po or carved statue of her stands in the centre of Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff.

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TUKU MAORI WINEMAKERS COLLECTIVE

TUKU

The Canyon is proud to be working together with Tuku, the world’s first collaboration of five Maori winemakers. Tuku brings these Maori wine companies together based on a shared value of caring for the land, family and hospitality. Te Pa Family Vineyards, Tiki Wine and Vineyards, Bird Wines, Ostler Wine and Kuru Kuru wines have all come together, to support and develop the Maori economy.

The wine companies are complemented by diverse iwi origins; from Tauranga Takitimu, Waka, and Rotorua-te Arawa Waka in the North to Ngati Awa, Ngai Tahu and Ngati Tuwheretoa in the South.

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