First established in 1996 in Central Otago's Bannockburn region, Akarua today boasts the largest privately-owned estate in Central Otago, and they have recently added to their holdings. Akarua now have an impressive five vineyards in Central Otago, 123 ha in total across Pisa and Bannockburn.

Of this hefty vineyard ownership, 94.36 ha (to be very exact) are currently under production. The majority of the vine-yards are planted in their signature Pinot Noir. Wines are 'hard won' from soils that are mostly broken schist and sand. There are extremes of hot and cold with frosts in winter, and dry nor'westers that devigorate the vines.

At Akarua, they put a lot of focus on the quality of the fruit, and in the winery, they employ minimalist, gentle techniques that allow the wines to express the purity of fruit and terroir.