120 years of progress
Church Road Winery has a proud history dating to 1897. From humble beginnings, it survived the temperance movement of the early 1900s, the 1931 earthquake and the Great Depression, and went on to be at the very forefront of the modern quality winemaking era. Renowned for being the first in New Zealand to craft exceptional-quality Bordeauxstyle reds, Church Road Winery helped pioneer the creation of the Hawke’s Bay viticultural industry.
Church Road uses top-quality grapes from across the region and traditional techniques to produce highly acclaimed wines. These techniques evolved in the 1990s with the help of winemakers from the esteemed French winery Domaines Cordier. In a New Zealand first, French oak cuves, used to ferment premium wines, were installed at Church Road.
“Today, we are driven by a love of great wine and a tradition of innovation, which have been the cornerstones of our success,” says chief winemaker Chris Scott. “We are proud to raise a toast to celebrate 120 years.”