It all started one sunny afternoon in Tokyo…

…when Mr. Osawa, a Japanese wine lover, decided to go travelling with the intention of starting a vineyard and making his own wines. He selected America, Australia and New Zealand as potential areas of interest. A year and many miles later, Mr. Osawa arrived in New Zealand and decided that this is where he would like to make his wine.

One fine day in 2004, Taizo Osawa embarked on a worldwide journey to make fine wine. He fell in love with New Zealand and bought 100 acres of sought-after land at Maraekakaho (pronounced Mar-eye–cacaho) in the renown Mangatahi Valley. One adventure led to another. While the vines started to flourish and sheep were still grazing (hence the Flying Sheep label), Taizo met famed winemaker Rod McDonald. Rod joined him as winemaker at Osawa with a shared the ambition to create beautifully balanced wines with minimal intervention.


What makes Osawa so special?

An average bottle of wine is made from 1kg of grapes. Each bunch of grapes is typically 100g. Vines will carry about 40 bunches and so this equates to around 3 bottles of wine. So 3 bottles of wine to one long vine. Osawa only allows vines to have between 15 to 20 bunches of grapes. With fewer bunches, the grapes are far tastier and make top brass wine. Less is more right? You feel it when you drink Osawa Wines!

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