[28 June/Stuff]

Craggy Range is doubling its production with the purchase of a neighbouring farm in Martinborough. The property brings Craggy Range’s three year search for a second estate to a close. Chief Winemaker, Matt Stafford, said they learnt a lot from 20 years which they could apply to the new site. He added the unique characteristics they were seeing from subtle soil variations were being accentuated with vine age and the potential to expand on that with new plantings and enhance their quality was immense. Craggy Range Chief Executive, Michael Wilding, said its sauvignon blanc and pinot noir had been the key drivers of much of their success. It was the only New Zealand brand to be part of the Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 Global brands. John Donald noted his family were thrilled to be selling their property to Craggy Range. Craggy Range Chairman, Terry Peabody, said Martinborough punched well above its weight from a quality perspective.