Craggy Range
Craggy Range exclusively crafts single-vineyard, terroir-driven wines and is a benchmark ambassador for the high quality of New Zealand’s wines. Founded in 1997, Craggy Range is a partnership between Terry Peabody and Steve Smith, and consists of two wineries and two estate properties, Te Muna Road Vineyard and Gimblett Gravels Vineyard. Each has a separate soil structure, distinctive climate and unique topography, which allow Craggy Range to produce a diverse portfolio of wines.
Craggy Range produces three lines of wines under its label: the Family Collection, Limited Editions and the Prestige Collection. The Family Collection and Limited Editions are single-varietal, single-vineyard estate wines produced from parcels planted to varieties specifically suited to each soil profile, bottled under a varietal designation. The key difference between the two is that the Limited Edition wines are available in select markets and on a limited basis, while the Family Collection wines are widely available. Fruit for these wines comes from all of Craggy Range’s estate vineyards.
The Prestige Collection is a range of single-varietal and blended wines sourced from select estate terroirs that yield fruit of exceptional ripeness, expression and complexity. Produced on a small scale, they bear proprietary rather than varietal names. Fruit for the Prestige Collection comes from the Gimblett Gravels and Te Muna Road vineyards.
Two winemaking facilities, both located in Hawke's Bay, serve all production. The beautiful Giant's Winery, dedicated in January of 2003 and located on the Tukituki estate, is specifically designed for and dedicated to the production of Craggy Range's Prestige Collection Bordeaux blends and Hawke's Bay Chardonnay from the Gimblett Gravels and Tukituki estates. Architecturally inspired both by tradition and innovation, it is also the site of the visitor center, guest lodge, administrative offices and a classic French country restaurant called Terroir. A second, larger winery on nearby Highway 50 is technologically advanced and different in focus and feel, and produces primarily Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from the Te Muna Road estate and Merlot and Syrah from Gimblett Gravels. It also houses the laboratory and bottling line.

Craggy Range Winery was named 2014 New World Winery of the Year at the prestigious Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Wine Star Awards, a remarkable accolade so early in the wine producer’s odyssey. Craggy Range was a finalist in the same category in 2013 which was taken out by Australian winery Penfolds.

Owner Terry Peabody says the Craggy Range team is thrilled by the award.

“The Wine Star award for New World Winery is well earned recognition for the team for the years of hard work and passion that has gone in to making Craggy Range what it is today.

Back in 1997 we set out with the aim of creating a new world wine legacy that will prevail for 1,000 years, where the wines are inspired by old world styles but nurtured in the finest new world terroir.

The award is recognition of the meticulous attention to detail we have given to ensure our wines are never compromised at any step of their journey,” Mr Peabody says. “From bringing on the very best winemaking and viticultural talent through to our choice of planting and the way we manage the vineyards our stewardship has been unrelenting and conscientious.”

Terry Peabody says 2013 was a particularly special vintage for Craggy Range.

“From the age of the vines, the experience of our wine making team and the excellent weather, the stars truly aligned in 2013 to create the vintage of a generation. The Wine Star award is proof of that.”

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