Wineries expand to meet demand
Fifteen consents have been issued so far this year to Marlborough wineries, with several of those expanding to meet increased demand.
Marlborough District Council figures showed three resource consents and 12 building consents were issued to wineries in the region to date this year. In 2013, that figure was one and 11 respectively.
Council resource management officer Alan Anderson said resource consents had been granted to Delegat's Wine Estates, Whitehaven Wines and Wairau River Wines.
Building consents were granted for building safety and construction matters, while resource consents were granted for sustainable management of resources, he said.
Delegat's Wine Estate Marlborough project manager David Oscroft said work started a few weeks ago on the winery's 5000 square-metre expansion project.
"We won't populate the whole building yet, just the first section and over the next five years we will fill it in as required."
"We are adding 76 tanks for the 2015 vintage, all different sizes, some bigger, some smaller."
At full capacity, the extension would be able to hold 180 tanks, Oscroft said.
"The demand is there and we will eventually expand capacity from 20,000 tonnes [of crushed grapes] to 40,000."
"When this winery was built in 2005, I was told it would be 20,000 tonnes and that would be it, now, we want to double that."
The expansion was part of Delegat's Wine Estate's 10-year plan, he said.
Delegat's total Marlborough tonnage this year was about 20,000 tonnes, Oscroft said.
Last month, the Express reported bottling company WineWorks had started work on a $15 million wine storage warehouse at Riverlands Industrial Estate.
Earlier this year, Whitehaven Wines was given approval to expand its winery to meet export demand.
It involved installing 28 tanks on a new 1127 sqm pad to their existing Rapaura winery.
Tank manufacturers have also been busy catering for the demand.
Crown Sheetmetal general manager Andrew Horton said things were "ticking along" with work for wineries. They were currently doing work for 10.
"Along with building tanks we are still doing a bit of earthquake repairs," Horton said.
"We got everything up to scratch before harvest but as the tanks are getting emptied we are doing more work again."
There were quite a few wineries in the region which were expanding, he said.
Taylor's Engineering marketing manager Conway Taylor said they had some winery work but still had capacity for more.
"This year there are a few expanding, but if they aren't this year then in years to come there will be another round of expansions," Taylor said.
The Marlborough Express