Our Story

Central Otago • New Zealand

About Vela

Vela was founded by Arié Dahan, Beth Ann Dahan and Max Risman who are based in Boston, MA, USA. Captivated with the country and people of New Zealand, the three decided to combine their passion for fine wine and their love of adventure and launch Vela Wines in 2011. Their family and friends thought they were crazy for going halfway around the world to buy a vineyard but a country like New Zealand is impossible to resist!

Vela currently owns vineyard land in Central Otago and is producing Pinot Noir and Riesling from this region.  Vela is also producing Sauvignon Blanc with grapes from the Marlborough region.  In the future, Vela will partner with other New Zealand wineries to export other outstanding wines from Central Otago and other regions in New Zealand. Vela’s mission is to share with everyone the stunning wines of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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