New Winery for Rockburn Wines in Central Otago


A new winery future-proofs Rockburn Wines in Central Otago.

After leasing premises at the industrial McNulty Road site for 10 years, the team at Rockburn Wines recently completed their first vintage at their new winery in Ripponvale Road, Cromwell.

View of the new Rockburn Winery

View of the new Rockburn Winery

The award-winning producer acquired the existing winery site in September last year to meet increasing demand and future-proof its operation.

“Due to rapid growth and remarkable popularity of our wines, we were forced to outsource some processes in previous years due to capacity shortfalls. We’re very pleased to bring everything back under one roof from this vintage onwards. The old McNulty Road winery was getting near breaking point and we’re thrilled to have found a site at Ripponvale Road that sets us up for further growth,” says Paul Donaghy, General Manager of Rockburn Wines.

Rockburn experienced exceptional demand for their range of premium wines in recent years, especially in their key export market Australia.

After an extensive re-fit and upgrade of the winery, winemaker Malcolm Francis-Rees successfully managed the transition to the Ripponvale Road site within a four-week window prior to the 2016 harvest getting underway. It was worth the effort as the new premises provide sufficient room for new equipment allowing Malcolm to complete Rockburn’s largest ever vintage under one roof.

Barrels at the New Rockburn Winery

Barrels at the new Rockburn Winery

The new semi-rural site comes with stunning-views of the rugged Central Otago landscape and a hectare of land to allow further expansion in the future.

Rockburn’s Cellar Door remains at McNulty Road and is open 7 days between 11am-4pm.

About Rockburn Wines:

Rockburn takes its name from the rugged, rock-strewn, burn-scarred landscape of Central Otago. The boutique producer has two vineyards, one on the Gibbston Back Road in the Gibbston Valley, and the other at Parkburn in the Cromwell Basin with its state of the art winemaking facility based in Cromwell. Rockburn not only produces Pinot Noir of stunning quality but also medal winning Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé and Fumé Blanc.

For more information please contact:
Paul Donaghy, General Manager | paul@rockburn.co.nz | +64 (21) 832 021