Wine spills from tanks
Wineries at Riverlands Industrial Estate and Cloudy Bay Industrial Estate, south of Blenheim have sustained damage, but to what extent is unclear.
South Pacific Cellars winery manager Graeme Paul said all staff were safe, but a wine cellar and several tanks of wine had sustained "significant damage".
"There are tanks everywhere," he said.
"Several tanks have ruptured and there is some wine loss."
The building was too dangerous to enter, and he had sent staff home for the night, he said. ''It's pretty dodgy in there.''
The volume of wine lost was unknown.
Saint Clair Family Estate senior winemaker Hamish Clark said one of their 300,000 litre tanks holding 2013 sauvignon blanc had ruptured. They had managed to save most of the wine by pumping it into spare tanks, but the loss of wine would probably be in the ''thousands of litres'', he said.
Pernod Ricard's Fabian Partigliani said their Marlborough winery and vineyards did not appear to have been damaged, but would follow up with more detailed inspections.
- The Marlborough Express