Edward and Marjory Leung have been wine enthusiasts for as long as they can remember, with a particular passion for Pinot Noir.
Ma Maison boutique winery is the expression of that passion, born out of the Leungs’ desire to share their love of Pinot Noir with others.
Edward moved to New Zealand from Hong Kong at the age of 19 to study dentistry in Dunedin, where he met and later married Marjory. After Edward completed his degree the couple moved to Hong Kong for four years, but returned to New Zealand in 1972. Marjory began her career in the banking industry at this point, while over the next 19 years Edward practiced as a dentist in Wainuiomata, Picton and England, before establishing his practice in Wellington.
Food and wine have always been important to the Leungs, who love to entertain. Alongside his career in dentistry, Edward has also worked as a baker, takeaway shop owner and fine dining restaurateur, and as a side project to their day jobs, the couple established Ma Maison restaurant in Wellington. In 1993, they decided to take their passion one step further. The couple purchased a small block of land in Martinborough and planted their first Pinot Noir vines in 1995, naming the vineyard after their restaurant. They also relocated an old house from the Petone foreshore to the vineyard as the home for a winery restaurant, where they served nine-course menus on weekends. While the Leungs closed the winery restaurant in the early 2000s in order to focus on producing (and enjoying!) their growing family and beloved Pinot Noir, the building remains a gathering place for meals with family and friends.
The first vintage of Ma Maison Pinot Noir was released in 2003, and since then Edward and Marjory, together with winemaker Wendy Potts and viticulturist Glenys Hanson, have worked tirelessly to produce small amounts of top-quality wines from their boutique eight-acre vineyard. In addition to Pinot Noir, Ma Maison also produces a limited release Chardonnay, made from vines that Edward planted with the Mendoza clone.