Omaka Springs – A Fountain of Marlborough Wine


Geoff and Robina Jensen are the owners of Omaka Springs Estate growing grapes and olives in 74 hectares of land in the Omaka Valley. ‘Omaka' means ‘where the springs flow' in Maori, and it is reckoned the mineral-rich springs in the district impart a minerality to the wines produced. The business was established in 1992 when the Jensens up-rooted their olive trees in Nelson and re-planted them along existing vines on the Omaka Valley. Grapes are sourced from the home ‘Kennedys Road' vineyard with over 14 ha of vines planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot and Pinot Gris. Gruner Veltliner was introduced in 2011. The ‘Falveys Road' block is just under 50 ha and is planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling (now discontinued), Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Pinot Noir. This is also the Estates root stocks nursery. Recently Syrah was also planted. The Omaka Springs Estate winery was built in 1994, and Ian Marchant has been winemaker there since 1998. The vineyard manager is Richard Shepherd, with the company since 1994. www.omaka.co.nz


  • Omaka Springs Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Omaka Springs Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
  • Omaka Springs Marlborough Merlot 2010

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