When Darren approached Brent in 2007 about working together on a joint winemaking project, he became really excited at the prospect of two winemaking families, both renowned for their own wine styles and history, coming together to produce a wine brand that would be unique in its story and innovative in its presentation.
The original 3 Tales site is located on the south side of the Wairau valley and was one of the first to be planted on the foothills of the Marlborough region. It was developed by the Marris family, who have been involved in Marlborough viticulture since the first plantings in 1973. With over 20 years of experience the Marris family chose the site for its ability to grow a distinctive Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.
3 Tales is one of the first vineyard sites to see the morning sun and one of the last to see the setting sun. Rows are planted running down the ridge in a north/south direction. They are positioned 2.2m apart with vines planted 1.8m apart and are trickle irrigated. It is not a heavy yielding site as the vines have to work hard. You could draw parallels to vines producing exceptional crops from areas such as Tuscany and Burgundy.