The winemaking hub of Craggy Range

 

'Our aim was to create a technologically exemplary yet practical winery.'

~ Terry Peabody

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Gimblett Gravels is a unique area of New Zealand, known as the warmest vineyard area in the country.

Craggy Range is fortunate to have 100 hectares of this famous 850 hectare area. The cellars were designed by the winemaking team. They continue to grow and evolve, as we understand the specific requirements of our vineyards, wines and winemaking styles.

Gimblett Gravels Winery highlights include:
  • A forced air cool store that can chill bins of hand-picked grapes down to less than 10ºC in 10 hours to protect fruit condition and flavour. 
  • A multi-function grape sorting, crushing and pressing area with the world’s highest quality wine presses to give the best juice extraction. 
  • More than 100 different wine fermentation and storage tanks, accurately temperature controlled to cater for volumes ranging from 1 tonne to 50 tonnes of grapes. Many are designed specifically to our dimensions, including pristine, square, stainless steel open top fermenters, a selection of small oak cuves imported from France - used exclusively for making Pinot Noir and Syrah - and stainless steel column-shaped tanks of various sizes especially for our Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
  • Nine temperature and humidity controlled barrel cellars give precise control of maturation conditions.
  • A flat site lends the ability to develop the philosophy of gravity flow for the varieties that respond to this approach such as Pinot Noir and Syrah.
  • An impeccably clean and hygienic environment encourages good microbes to thrive and is maintained with the innovative use of ozone.
  • A comprehensive fully reticulated gas protection system uses CO2, Nitrogen and Argon.
  • A fully computerised wine batch-tracking database operates in the quality control laboratory.