120 years of progress

Metro Magazine NZ - - Church Road Promotion -

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.”

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