akarua, winery, central, otago, vineyard

Akarua’s modern winery is sited beside its vineyard blocks on Cairnmuir Road, in Bannockburn. It was designed and built in 1999 to handle 300 tonnes of fruit with all the necessary equipment to ensure a no-compromise approach to winemaking. This is possibly the greatest quality attribute that the Akarua winery possesses – the ability to take the entire vineyard harvest in under the one roof at the same time and process it without fear or pressure of tank space shortage. Effectively this means that the wines spend as long as they need in tank without being moved into barrels in a rush to make way for further grapes. There are very few wineries in the country that possess this type of luxury for the winemaking team. This means that critical winemaking decisions are always based on the best wine quality outcome rather than juggling the logistics of tank space.

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