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The ancient Otuwhero River gives our wine its name, and is fed by melting snows from surrounding mountain peaks. Our wild, wind-swept Otuwhero Estate is set at the edge of the Southern Pacific Ocean. The Estate is remote coastal and rugged terroir – this produces distinctively bold, ripe fruit flavors, and exquisitely expressive wines. The soil found here in the Awatere Valley is alluvial gravels that rise through our silt and clay soils – delivering bold minerality, intensity and ripe opulence to our wines.
Globally renowned winemaker, Jeff Clarke has a wealth of international experience, and has been twice named “International White Winemaker of the Year” first at the London International Wine Challenge in 1999 and again in Japan in 2003. ““With the passionate and dedicated team at OTU Wines, we are capturing the essence of the unique wild coastal terroir that is the OTU Wine Estate.” – Winemaker Jeff Clarke