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New Zealand > Marlborough > Huia Vineyards


Claire and Mike Allan were drawn to Marlborough by the potential for intense fruit flavors and the promise of rounded, elegant wines.  They bought the land in 1990 and started making wine as Huia in 1996.

At Huia, the creation of good wine and a commitment to the environment go hand in hand. The result is elegant, hand crafted wines that go to help define the potential of Marlborough. 

With a focus on organics and biodynamics, Huia makes beautiful wines for today, while protecting the vitality of the soils for future generations.   Read a great article about Claire & Mike!

The legendaryHuia Bird- the only species in which the male and female have different beak shapes!

The legendaryHuia Bird- the only species in which the male and female have different beak shapes!

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Sauvignon Blanc

This wine shows a good aromatic  intensity with  bright herbaceous and floral notes, gooseberry, and lime.  It is layered with flavours ranging from guava, melon, gooseberry and lime zest.  This uplifting Sauvignon shows an excellent length and depth on the palate. 

Huia Sauvignon Blanc is delicious with: fresh oysters, prawns, scallops; mussels cooked in Sauvignon Blanc; marinated fish with dill; goat, sheep and feta cheeses.

Pinot Gris

The Pinot Gris is estate grown on Huia’s Winsome  and  Home vineyards. These vineyards have a range of soil types from windblown glacial gley and sandy soils, to very stony alluvial silts in Rapaura.

On the nose ripe pear, ripe blossum and mandarin notes integrate with a delicate hint of spice.  The palate is rich with a silky creamy texture.  Ripe pear and white peach flavours combine with a delicate touch of nuts and spice.  It has excellent length and structure.

Huia Pinot Gris is delicious with: seafood risotto, roasted and casseroled game, Thai food, grilled salmon and fresh water trout, seared game fish, rare beef salad, light blue cheese and walnut tart.


The Huia Gewürztraminer was estate grown on Huia’s Winsome vineyard on the seaward side of the Wairau Valley. The vineyard soils are a mixture of orthic clay and black sand creating a low vigour vineyard.

The nose has fragrant rose petal notes and candied fruit. Generous lychee and rose water flavours fill out the aromatic palate.This is a rich, succulent style of Gewürztraminer showing complex layers of flavours and a long lasting finish. This wine is certified organic and is vegan friendly.

Huia Gewürztraminer is delicious with: terrines and paté, Thai food, mild curries, smoked seafood and meats, soy honey duck, blue cheeses and aged cheddar.

Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noir is sourced from Huia's Pinot Noir vineyards. The Home vineyard, planted in 1995, is grown on river-run shingle to very stony alluvial silts in the Rapaura sub region. The remainder of the Pinot Noir is grown on the upper terraces of the Brancott Valley in free draining clay loam and stone soils.

On the nose the wine shows spice, violets, vanilla and dark cherry. The palate is rich and full with plum and dark cherry  alongside hints of smoke, spice and savoury notes. The French oak imparts a gentle vanilla pod flavour and the silky but firm grape tannins are well integrated. The wine has great balance, length and structure and will age well. 
Huia Pinot Noir is delicious with: chargrilled and grilled teriyaki salmon, rabbit stews, roasted lamb shanks, rare beef,  pork roast and figs, wild mushroom risotto, mature cheddars, mature brie and other soft cheeses.