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.
New Zealand Wineries continues to expand its range of winemaking offerings after breaking ground on the development of a new site adjacent to the existing Marlborough winery. This new development is known as Kendrick Rd. It employs the latest technologies and process flow systems to maximise quality and yield on large parcel Sauvignon Blanc intakes. With 60 tonne central membrane presses, continuous flotation, Omnia high solids crossflow, and tank sizes ranging from 125,000 to 250,000 litres, this new facility specializes in high-quality and efficient throughput for our largest producing clients. The opening of Kendrick Rd complements New Zealand Wineries’ existing capacity and offers additional processing capabilities alongside small batch, hand pick, and medium parcel winemaking options. The ability to scale Kendrick Rd up to 32,000 tonne capacity provides plenty of room for future growth.
New Zealand Wineries begins a substantial upgrade of the refrigeration plant and glycol distribution systems. Forming the very heart of a winery, a reliable refrigeration system is critical to its smooth operation, especially over harvest where demand is high due to cold settling juice and controlling fermentation. Completed in 2018, New Zealand Wineries undertook a complete overhaul of their refrigeration systems, installing a state-of-the-art ammonia refrigeration plant that is both extremely reliable, and has ample capacity to cover all the winery’s needs.
The ‘Quarter 4’ front end upgrade commences. This begins with installation of a new 30 Tonne receival bin and ramp and finishes with the addition of three new 35 tonne central membrane presses. Primarily targeted for larger blocks of Sauvignon Blanc, this major upgrade means higher press yields, larger truck capacity, and the ability to receive truck and trailers into a single bin and press. This in turn increases throughput in Quarter 4 and provides flexibility for clients when it comes to harvest planning or adverse weather events.
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).