Gladstone Vineyard on the market

Last updated 08:42 09/10/2012
Gladstone Vineyard
The vineyard property features a cafe with a large outdoor area and self-catering accommodation overlooking the vines.

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An opportunity for a budding winemaker to get a leg up into the industry has arisen at an established Wairarapa vineyard.

Gladstone Vineyard, opened in 1986, recently began inviting expressions of interest for its property east of Carterton.

The property consists of a 15-hectare vineyard, 250-tonne capacity winery, 60-seater restaurant, homestay and large, four-bedroom homestead.

Run since 1996 by Christine and David Kernohan, the vineyard is a privately owned and operated winery business producing high-quality boutique wines.

Lindsay Watts, of Bayleys Wairarapa, said the owners were "very genuine" in respect of sale options.

"If there was someone who was really into viticulture and was interested in the vineyard, they would look at bringing them onboard and working them into the business, if they were compatible.

"Likewise, if someone wanted to take it over then, of course, that's possible as well."

Set on the old riverbed of the Ruamahanga River, the vineyard's principal grape varieties are sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and pinot gris.

The winery also produces a viognier and the Auld Alliance - a Bordeaux blend of cabernet franc, merlot and malbec.

The wines are sold under the Gladstone Vineyard and 12,000 Miles labels.

Earlier this year the 2010 pinot noir won the trophy for best pinot noir at the Australasian boutique wine awards.

As well as the vineyards and winery, the property features a cafe with a large outdoor area and self- catering accommodation overlooking the vines.

The cafe can also host staff functions, conferences, board meetings and team-building sessions.

Watts said the owners were looking for ways to future-proof the business while considering the need for succession planning.

It was an opportunity to develop an established wine brand, as well as offering a lifestyle opportunity in beautiful surroundings.

A relatively "soft" advertising campaign had already attracted attention.

Contact Seamus Boyer
Wairarapa reporter
Twitter: @SeamusBoyer

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