Paritua was established in 2003 and is owned by 5 shareholding families. The name is a tribute to the Paritua Stream, which flows gently through the vineyard. Paritua means the meandering stream above the ancient river. The vineyard is planted over the historical riverbed of the nearby Ngaruroro River which flowed through until the 1860s earthquake. It is a name that also acknowledges the connection with the land and the people of New Zealand.
The vineyards are located in the heart of Hawkes Bay, in the ‘Bridge Pa Triangle’ district – a premium wine-growing sub-region that extends over more than 2,000 hectares on the western side of the Heretaunga plains and includes the largest concentration of vineyards in Hawke’s Bay. The 53 hectares (130 acres) of vines were planted in a single-block in 2003, with 70% devoted to red varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec – and Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay completing the picture. Surrounded by hills, Paritua’s vineyard enjoys stony, free draining soils, long summers and crisp winters, which combine to create exceptional wines. Wines bearing the Paritua name are only produced in outstanding vintages, while the Stone Paddock wines are made every year using estate grapes grown and carefully selected purchased fruit. The total production is 20,000 – 25,000 cases per year.
The development of the vineyard and winery infrastructure was a collaboration with leading New Zealand architects, Crosson Clarke Carnachan who understood the drive for bold architecture that truly embraces the landscape. Every design aspect was carefully considered – the winemaking operation had to be not only efficient, but also sustainable with the added requirement to sit gracefully in its environment.
Jason Stent joined Paritua Vineyards as Winemaker in 2008. A native of Hawkes Bay, a passion for cycling took him to Bordeaux after he completed secondary school. He spent nearly two years racing as an amateur cyclist and the time he spent in France sparked a passion for fine red wines, Rhône and Bordeaux in particular. Upon his return to Hawkes Bay in 1993, he studied winemaking and worked at Sacred Hill Wines first as a cellar hand, then as assistant winemaker.
Farming practices: the vineyard is 100% accredited by Sustainable Winegrowers of New Zealand (SWNZ), widely recognized as a world-leading sustainability program, one of the first to be established in the international wine industry. Paritua has also recently started down the organic certification track; they are in conversion to be certified as Organic by 2021. BioGro NZ are the Organic auditing body who they are working with to achieve this.