Totara is a joint-venture between Opici Wines and Endeavour Vineyards of Marlborough, New Zealand. Our two companies came together in order to create award-winning wines with unsurpassed quality, packaging, and value exclusively for the US market.
In New Zealand, the Totara tree is a celebrated and revered part of the country’s history. Indigenous Maori tribes would use the giant trees to build dwellings, boats, tools, and weapons. A Totara tree can grow to over 100 feet, and live for 1,000 years.
Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are fickle varietals that demand the utmost attention, both in the vineyard and at the winery to bring their true potential to light. They are also incredibly honest grapes, telling the story of their own unique places of origin like no other. This was the idea behind Totara, showcasing classic Marlborough varietals like no one before with a style that is unmistakably New Zealand.
Alan Peters-Oswald, formerly at Cloudy Bay Vineyards, was commissioned as winemaker to lend his unique knowledge of local terroir and climate. Using modern winemaking techniques and equipment, Alan is able to capture the essence of New Zealand purity while crafting flavorful, concentrated wines that appeal to all consumers.