New Zealand Wineries Limited has seen its fair share of change and development since it stamped its mark on Marlborough’s wine scene in the late 1990’s.
Independence day!, with the sale of the Mudhouse wine group to Australian multinational Accolade Wines New Zealand Wineries became a true independent provider of contract winemaking and bulk wine supply services. With no brands or vineyards NZ Wineries became the only truly independent boutique and commercial winemaking service provider in New Zealand establishing our vision of “Your Wine, Your Way”.
New Zealand Wineries and its now large sister company New Zealand Vineyard Estates, with over 1,000 acres of productive vineyards spread between Marlborough, Waipara and Central Otago) opted to ‘close the loop’ and enter the branded wine business. NZW ‘merged’ with Waipara Hills and with Canterbury House in Waipara and bought Mud House Wines, which resulted in the formation of the Mud House Wine Group.
Three ‘individual’ 2,000 tonne wineries were built and ready for Vintage 2004! Clients included Mud House Wines, Jackson Estate and South Pacific Cellars (comprising shareholders Lake Chalice, Waipara Hills and New Zealand Vineyard Estates…the latter being New Zealand wineries’ own vineyard operation).