In centuries past, our people migrated from the north to the south in a series of epic migrations. Arriving in Te Tau Ihu, the northern South Island of New Zealand between 1820 and 1832, our fires have burnt in this region for almost 200 years. We are the original providores, trading the fruits of our labour from the gardens, forests and waters of Te Tau Ihu.
In the 21st Century we have emerged once again as purveyors of the finest foods and beverages, grown and sourced from the lands and waters that our tūpuna (ancestors) knew. Although our products are now available beyond our shores, we remain a family business – a business of families. We are carriers of a legacy that dates back to the very founding of our nation and custodians of a legacy that stretches forward to the hands of those that will follow after us.
Tohu Wines is the world's first and most recognised Māori owned wine company. Since 1998, Tohu has focused on producing estate grown, single vineyard wines from New Zealand's premier grape growing regions.
The Tohu winemaking philosophy is to create wines that capture the flavours of each region’s unique landscapes, whilst upholding respect and protection of the land for future generations. Our vineyards are certified Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. We see this as an integral part of our values, working with the environment without compromising quality and integrity.
Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand. As a Māori company, we have a strong spiritual connection to the land, to our culture and a tradition of kaitiakitanga—guardianship of our natural resources.
Aronui is inspired by the Māori mythological basket of knowledge associated with crafts, arts and working with the land in beneficial ways. We felt that this name reflected our intention to make premium wines that echo the beautiful lands in which the grapes are grown.