Bryce’s mother Lesley died in 1995 at age 49, leaving behind a dream she’d long shared with her husband: to establish a vineyard here in New Zealand. A few years after her passing, Bryce’s father decided to honour Lesley’s legacy by bringing that dream, quite literally, to fruition.

After purchasing land in Hawke’s Bay’s esteemed Bridge Pa Triangle subregion, he and his three sons planted Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Sémillon — and Lesley’s Vineyard, the enduring heart and soul of ZARIA, was born.

Today, under Bryce’s guidance and minimal-intervention winemaking philosophy, Lesley’s Vineyard produces the majority of grapes for ZARIA wines.