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Our Wines

Great wines come from the nature and how you treat the land determines your wine quality

Great wines come from
the nature and how you treat the land determines your wine quality
Respecting the Maori culture and tradition is of utmost importance when making wines. We honour the Maori people, the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand. They inform our winemaking with a rich cultural heritage deeply intertwined with the land, known as ``whenua,`` and a strong connection to nature. This respect is not only a matter of ethical consideration but also has practical implications for the wine industry. Here's why it's crucial for Gumbo Family: Cultural Respect and Partnership:
Acknowledging and respecting the Maori culture is a fundamental aspect of building positive relationships with the land. We work closely with our local leaders to demonstrate a commitment to cultural inclusivity and ensures that our family engages in a meaningful and respectful manner. Sustainable Practices:
Maori culture places a strong emphasis on sustainable practices and the guardianship of the land. Embracing these values aligns with our efforts toward sustainable and eco-friendly viticulture. Maori traditions are inherently linked to environmental stewardship, encouraging practices that promote biodiversity, soil health, and long-term sustainability. Understanding Terroir:
Maori culture recognizes the interconnectedness of land, sea, and sky. Understanding and respecting the concept of ``whenua`` contributes to a deeper understanding of terroir—the unique characteristics of the land that influence grape growing and wine production. This understanding enhance the authenticity and distinctiveness of Gumbo family wines. Cultural Storytelling:
Maori culture is rooted in storytelling, and many aspects of their cultural heritage are expressed through myths, legends, and symbols. Incorporating these narratives and Zimbabwean tradition into the marketing and branding of Gumbo family wines adds depth and authenticity, allowing customers to connect with the two cultures and natural aspects of the region.

Our Founder and Sommelier

The driving force behind
the family: a true story of resilience and dedication

The story behind Gumbo Family Wines is one of courage, determination, and the pursuit of a dream. Cashias Gumbo, a seasoned sommelier, found himself at a crossroads when he, along with his young family, decided to leave their home in Zimbabwe and embark on a new chapter in New Zealand. Driven by a deep passion for wine and a desire to create something meaningful, Cashias saw the move as an opportunity to immerse himself in the world of New Zealand's burgeoning wine industry. Despite facing the challenges of adapting to a new culture and learning the intricacies of a different terroir, Cashias and his family were undeterred. With a keen sense of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge, Cashias dove into the local wine scene. He sought guidance from experienced local vintners, friends, and embraced the beauty of New Zealand's diverse landscapes, and, over time, developed a profound appreciation for the unique terroir of the Waipara region.

Sustainable farming is conscious choice not an after thought

Respecting nature as a recipe to producing award winning wines

Respecting culture and nature when making wines is not only a moral imperative but also a strategic choice that aligns with sustainable practices, enhances the unique identity of New Zealand wines, and fosters positive relationships with both local communities and the global market. Gumbo family understand these connections and aims to be produce wines respectful to the nature and culture.