Craggy Range expands in Martinborough

Craggy Range is proud to announce the purchase of a second, neighbouring property on Te Muna Road in Martinborough. The property has been owned and farmed by the Donald Family for the last four generations and brings Craggy Range’s three year search for a second estate in Martinborough to a close.

The 132ha farm complements the existing 120ha Te Muna vineyard and will allow Craggy to increase quality and production of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. According to Chief Winemaker Matt Stafford “The last 20 years on Te Muna Road have taught us a lot about growing in Martinborough, and we are now in a privileged position to apply this knowledge, together with the collective learnings from our friends in the region into this incredible new site. The unique characters that we are seeing from subtle soil variations within our current Te Muna Road Vineyard are being accentuated with vine age and the potential to expand on this with new plantings and enhance our quality is immense.”

According to Michael Wilding, CEO of Craggy Range “the Craggy brand is in a very strong position globally, and our Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noirs have been the key drivers of much of our success including being recognized in the Top Global 100 brands, by US publication Wine & Spirits, the only New Zealand brand to be included. Our distribution partners around the world have been urging us to increase supply for the last few years, but we have taken our time to ensure we find the right property that will deliver enhanced quality, not just provide for growth.”

John Donald says his family are thrilled to be selling their property to Craggy Range. “Given the business is owned by a 1000 year family trust, they are clearly long term thinkers, but more importantly they manage their farms incredibly well. We are proud of our connection to this land, so it was very important for us that the new owners had the same philosophy. You only have to drive through the gates at the Craggy Te Muna vineyard to see they value custodianship and quality…this sits very well with us.”

While many wine companies are expanding to Central Otago, Craggy Range are big believers in Martinborough. Wilding explains “We have experimented with vineyard sites all over the country during the last 15 years, but for the style of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines we are wanting to produce, the Martinborough region has surpassed all other regions in our mind”.

“The great thing about Martinborough is you have such high calibre wineries, despite the region being very small. I don’t think many consumers realise the depth of quality there is in the region. You only have to look at the NZ Fine Wine classification and see all the
Martinborough brands included; Ata Rangi, Craggy Range, Dry River, Escarpment, Kasuda, and Martinborough Vineyards. This is a remarkable achievement given that Martinborough is only 1017ha compared with Central Otago 1896ha, Hawkes Bay 4600ha and Marlborough 25,000ha. While it is a small region it is clearly punches well above its weight from a quality perspective.

According to Terry Peabody, owner and Chairman of Craggy Range, “this is the largest investment Craggy Range have made in 15 years and will help us satisfy the strong demand for our wine internationally”.