The new look Kōparepare wines have arrived at Regional and represent not only great value for also great integrity. The word Kōparepare is Maori for gift or contribution and is the name of this new range of wines, $1 of which from every bottle goes towards protecting New Zealand's marine environment.
The brand has been garnering glowing reviews and a strong media presence since they were released this month with a new label, new packaging and two varieties added to the range this year from the 2020 vintage, including a lighter in alcohol Sauvignon Blanc. Read more independent media stories on Stuff.co.nz here and on the NZ Wine Directory website here.
We are highly impressed by the wines after a tasting of the entire range. Whitehaven in Marlborough produces these wines in collaboration with LegaSea and the wines were relaunched on 19 October with a bold undertaking – 100% of revenue from the first 125 cases sold will be donated entirely to LegaSea.
The brand is produced and bottled by Whitehaven in support of LegaSea, which is a non-profit organisation committed to protecting New Zealand's marine environment. And the wines are made by Whitehaven in Marlborough, which charges surprisingly modest prices for the pleasure of fresh vibrant new whites which include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay as well as a rose and a Pinot Noir. All wines in the range are 100% Marlborough, in terms of the source of grapes. Some of the wines are vegan friendly and most are priced under $20 retail, less to the wine trade (the Pinot Noir is $25).
Whitehaven Wines has its own marine connection too since it was founded by Sue and Greg White, a pair of corporate refugees who had gone sailing to have a break from their corporate shackles. When they took shelter in the Marlborough Sounds in the early 1990s, they fell in love with the region and decided to take their six month old daughter, Samantha, onto terra firma and start a winery. Samantha is now grown up and works at Whitehaven Wines herself, and is ambassador to the Kōparepare label.
"As a family operated business we are passionate about protecting our natural resources and I feel privileged to share this legacy with you through the Koparepare range of wines," she says.
"They are produced and bottled by Whitehaven and help to fund the work of LegaSea, a non profit organisation committed to protecting New Zealand's marine environment. This is our gift to the future generations - for every bottle sold, we donate $1 to the cause."
* Regional Wines & Spirits stocks the Koparepare wines, email our warehouse manager, Stefan Prentice, to buy them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can also buy the Koparepare wines here: www.koparepare.co.nz
Find out more about LegaSea here.