The Waihopai Valley, home to Ara, marks the western-most end of Marlborough’s main Wairau Valley. Beyond it lies nothing but rugged hills. Further from the sea (30km) and at a higher altitude (1,00m), nights are even cooler than in other parts of the region. This slows down ripening and creates thrilling wines with elegant acidity and more intense flavours than those from wineries lower down the valley. What brought us and Ara together was a love of more than just Sauvignon Blanc. This is a producer that puts the terroir through its paces in order to showcase the best of New Zealand wine, from Sauvignon and beyond.