New winery in time for 2014 vintage

KAT DUGGAN
Last updated 05:53 29/11/2013
Babich Winery
Derek Flynn

On time: Babich Wines is on track to open their own Marlborough winery at Cloudy Bay Business Park in time for the 2014 vintage

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A 6000-tonne capacity winery for Babich Wines will be operational for the 2014 vintage, says managing director Joe Babich.

Offices were being completed in the 4000-square-metre winery at the Cloudy Bay Business Park south of Blenheim, and the project was both on-time and on-budget, Mr Babich said. Six people had been employed as permanent staff in the winery, and Mr Babich expected about another dozen to be employed for vintage, he said.

"All the tanks are in place, the crushers are in . . . most of the gear is in place, it's mainly just electrical stuff to be done. It will certainly be operational for the 2014 vintage."

The winery was different from other wineries, in that all of their tanks were inside, Mr Babich said.

He liked the security of being able to lock things up

It also meant the tanks were protected from environmental factors such as the sun and bird mess, and they were insulated, he said.

this year, with a goal to be completed by December.

Marlborough firms including Robinson Construction Ltd, Hamilton Machinery Ltd, Hydramech Ltd and Active Refrigeration were contracted to provide materials for the project.

Babich, an Auckland-based company, was building its own winery after selling its 50 per cent share of Rapaura Vintners to Treasury Wine Estates last November.

More than 80 per cent of its production is in Marlborough

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- The Marlborough Express

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