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Tupari Wines is a boutique family-owned company that produces high quality, single vineyard wines from the Awatere Valley of New Zealand. Heather and David Turnbull with Glenn Thomas and partner Sharon have brought their families together in a partnership that now also involves the second generation. Glenn is the pioneering winemaker who helped established the Awatere Valley as one of the world's great wine regions. By identifying the potential of the Turnbull's small north-facing river flats nestled in the upper Awatere Valley, Glenn encouraged David and Heather to plant their vineyard in 2002. Glenn and David then formed the partnership that is Tupari Wines. The Tupari Vineyard is made up of small, sunny river terraces that look down onto the river gorge. The 30m cliffs at the northeast end of the vineyard give inspiration for the name Tupari - meaning 'cliff' or 'precipice' in Maori.

Winemaker Profile

Glenn Thomas - (Winemaker) - Glenn graduated from Roseworthy College, Australia in 1979 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Oenology). He then gained experience in various Australian wineries. Glenn made the move to New Zealand in 1985 and became hooked on New Zealand wine. "The concentration and intensity of fruit flavours from New Zealand are amazing; they are so exciting and vibrant". Glenn Thomas, winemaker, won 'Winemaker of the Year' in 1992. Tupari wines in the skilled hands of winemaker Glenn Thomas captures the austere elegance of the Awatere Valley, the minerality, lime-trimmed finesse that is attracting supporters all around the world.