Business Central December 2021

| 103 HOSPITALITY Wellington Functions The Wharewaka Function Centre on Wellington’s waterfront, including Karaka Café. Te Pā wines celebrated its 10th anniver- sary on October 6th and ttingly had just had its agship te Pā chardonnay named the NewWorldWine Awards 2021 Champion Chardonnay and won the title of White Wine of the Show. “It’s taken a long time to build the business up and even with all of these incredible successes for myself and the team, every day is like starting all over again because we’re always wanting to do better. So our ten-year anniversary is a reason to pause and re ect on how far we’ve come and also where we want to go in the future,” says company owner Haysley MacDonald. The proudly Māori brand has had an incredible journey with a heritage harking back to the earliest Māori arrivals to Aotearoa-NZ around 800 years ago when some of Haysley’s ancestors landed in this country. The MacDonald family has taken a multi-generation approach to caring for the land from cattle grazing, to potato farming, on the fertile seaside soils of ‘the Pā’. In the early 2000’s, noticing the land shift to viticulture occurring in Marlborough, Haysley saw the opportunity to create a globally acclaimed vineyard. Since releasing its rst vintage Sauvignon Blanc in 2011, the te Pā brand has grown to represent impeccable quality, true heritage and authenticity, and a drive to create new growth from ancient lands. With a full suite of wines that consistently attract trophies, 90+ point scores, and gold medals, te Pā’s distinctive Māori logo, rich heritage, and quality wine inside the bottle, is internationally renowned. Haysley says that the logo speaks to who the MacDonald’s are as a family, as a people, and as an award- winning wine producer. The distinctive te Pā logo is a literal representation of the hei matau, a traditional Māori sh hook, which illustrates the MacDonald family's connection to the Wairau Bar and the surrounding bodies of water as their source of sustenance. The logo is also symbolic of waru, which is ‘eight’ in Te Reo Māori, which gives a nod to the family's 800-year history on the land. Haysley says te Pā loves teaming up with likeminded businesses to promote Māori culture, such as Wellington Function’s Karaka Café, where the wines are served. The te Pā range, which is vegan-friendly and sustainably grown, includes four brands: te Pā, Pā Road, Koha, and Montford Estate spanning Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Proudly distributed in New Zealand by Beverage Brothers, the wines are widely available nationwide, including at quality hospital- ity venues such as Wellington Functions’ Karaka Café or can be ordered through the te Pā website. Te Pā on top