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The Waitaki Valley has a long history of horticulture dating back some 100 years when the first NZ export of cherries and other fruits occurred from the Otiake region.

The climate was ideal, water plentiful and the quality of produce outstanding. In the mid 1970’s the Turner family purchased a large apricot orchard at Otiake and a rich history of horticulture growing continued for this family. However it was not until 2003 that wine grapes became a part of the pioneering tradition in the area and the Turner families began an association with the regions grape growing that continues to this day.

The Estate

River-T Estate was planted by Murray Turner in 2007 as a small boutique vineyard with a mix of grape varieties on the banks of the Waitaki River 5 km east of Kurow Township. Murray selected this site for its historic fruit cropping ability, high growing degree days, rich alluvial soil entwined with limestone and its northerly aspect.

It has proven to be a winning combination with consistent crops every year since 2009 and quality grapes that has flowed through into ethereal wines that represent everything about this pristine region.

The Wine

Until 2016 grapes from River-T Estate have been sought after from recognized Otago winemakers like Grant Taylor (Valli Vineyards) who make their Waitaki label from this fruit.

This consistent production of top quality grapes meant the time was right for Murray to launch his own brand of wines and together with his partner Karen the River-T Estate brand was born. Boots and all!

River-T Estates philosophy is to remain a small, unique vineyard and focus totally on quality from the paddock to the glass. Enjoy the wines, as it’s everything the beautiful region has….. in a bottle.

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