The story of Craggy Range began with the desire to create a legacy...what happened next, surpassed even the expectations of the family who started it.
When Australian businessman Terry Peabody visited New Zealand in 1997, he was introduced to noted kiwi viticulturalist and Master of Wine, Steve Smith. That’s when the promise he’d made to his wife and daughter – to create an enduring family wine legacy – took a different turn. They may have expected Old World France. What they got was something altogether more interesting…
'You walk into a place and know whether it's going to be a great vineyard.'
Terry sensed a new and exciting possibility in New Zealand, a potential he hadn’t seen elsewhere. The exceptional climate and the spirit of the people aligned with his own philosophy and desire to cut a new path. His ambition was not merely to emulate the greatest examples of wine styles in the world - it was bolder. He wanted to create new benchmarks with wines that would become internationally regarded as World classics - wines that would be listed in the world’s greatest restaurants and sold by fine wine merchants.
The two men made an important decision from the beginning - to pursue the Single Vineyard Philosophy of winemaking - to select and source the best land and vineyards in the country, and to plant the vines perfectly suited to that terroir. Craggy Range was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to adopt such an approach from multiple regions of the country.
The winery - one of the most technically advanced ever built in New Zealand - is known for uncompromising standards and meticulous craftsmanship.
The wines, at first somewhat scene stealing, have refined over the years, developing a certain reserve, depth and maturity. Their ability to intrigue remains. These award winning wines now grace the tables of the finest homes and restaurants internationally. The interest they exert lies in the restless nature of their makers and the qualities of the land itself.