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THE JOURNEY

-It started with a vision.-

To find the soul of place you need only to look at the people. Mahana continues to emanate the spirit of the people who have touched its ground and made it all which it stands for today. 

The vineyard was formed in 2000 when Glenn and Renée Schaeffer met Philip and Chan Woollaston and discovered a shared vision of creating an estate where quality wines would be crafted.

They also shared a love of art, literature and the Nelson landscape, so their dream was to develop a winery that was not only highly functional but was also sensitive to the dramatic landscape so that it reflected their creative passion. The sculptures and art on the vineyard and in the winery express a deeper understanding of the connection between the art of winemaking and the creation of art itself.

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The Woollaston's & Schaeffer's with the NZ Prime Minister, Helen Clark, at Mahana's opening day.

Together, they achieved that dream. Renée Schaeffer and the Woollastons have since moved on to other life journeys, yet the winery stands as a testament to their commitment to respect the grapes and produce honest wines. The Woollastons maintain their minority interest in the winery, as they have since its inception. In 2013, Glenn moved to New Zealand to pick up the torch and continue the vision for the future.

Scroll across images to view key moments in our journey. 

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New York, NY 10128
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