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New Zealanders Claire and Mike Allen both trained as winemakers at Roseworthy in Adelaide before they acquired land in Marlborough in 1990, and began making wine in 1996. Both gained experience from working at other Marlborough wineries, Mike at Cloudy Bay and Vavasour, and Claire at Corbans and Lawson's Dry Hills, and both gained sparkling wine knowledge through vintages at Veuve Cliquot and Taittinger. Their two daughters Tui and Sophie have now joined the workforce. They are located in Rapaura, on the premium “Golden Mile” site close to the Wairau River, where the soils are stony free-draining alluvial silts; here their 9 hectare home block vineyard is planted with Sauvignon Blanc from 1994, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 1996, and most recently a small block of Syrah and Viognier planted in 2020. In the Huia Winsome vineyards the soils are clay-rich, and here Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling are cultivated. Additionally they source Grüner Veltliner from Hawkesbury Valley and Pinot Noir from the Brancott and Wairau Valleys to complement their own grapes. Huia are passionate about the environment, they have been organically certified since 2011, and also focus on biodynamic farming. Minimum intervention is practised in the cellar; the wines are fermented with mainly native yeasts and are vegan friendly. Huia is an extinct species of bird, endemic to the North Island of New Zealand. They were already rare before the arrival of Europeans, and the Huia winery use the name as a symbol of quality. The birds were highly revered in Maori culture, and their plumage, especially the tail feathers with the unique white band across the tips, were highly prized and reserved for people of high status - said to represent wisdom, elegance and dignity, and that is exactly what you get when you enjoy a bottle Huia's beautifully structured, meticulously handcrafted wines!