The six wineries of MANA first began meeting to share knowledge about organic and biodynamic winemaking in Marlborough. At first glance, they’re an unexpected collective — some born and bred here, some wanderers who stumbled on this place and were claimed by it, and some who arrived here very much by design. All of them have two things in common: a firm belief that Marlborough is the best winemaking region in the world, and a readiness to innovate with their eyes wide open, forging new paths within this industry while retaining a deep and full understanding of its legacy and traditions.
You’ve heard this story before: the winemakers of MANA work hard to allow regional, sub-regional and vineyard influences to flourish in their wines, which are all 100% grown, produced and bottled in Marlborough. They believe in low intervention winemaking — wines that sing the song of the earth from which they were born.
What you may not have heard is that the people behind these six wineries have committed their lives to strengthening the tūrangawaewae of Marlborough. They’ve poured years of effort into the soil of their vineyards. They know this land and its quirks like they know their own families. MANA winegrowers work the land first and make the wine second, because they understand that the quality of each drop begins with soil and seasons and the magic between the two.
What began as a low key conversation over a beer or two grew into a shared passion for cultivating Marlborough’s unique characteristics and safeguarding them for future generations. This is the mission of MANA: to share, to grow, and to advocate for the land that’s shaped them into a collective of innovators who understand that pushing boundaries without breaking foundations is a long road —the only one they’re prepared to travel upon. These are people determined to earn the right to stand in this place.