Anchorage Wines

About Anchorage...

About Anchorage... Now one of the Nelson region's longer established wine companies, Anchorage Wines has taken a step forward, investing in its own winery and further cementing exports to a variety of markets.

Founding family, the Drummonds, hold firm to their belief that the rich fertile soils surrounding the Motueka township, coupled with balmy sea breezes and some of New Zealand's consistently highest sunshine readings are the ideal climate in which to craft their aromatic wines. Grapes from their vineyards in the nearby Moutere add a further dimension to their range of classic aromatic varieties.

Next door to the scenic adventure playground of the Abel Tasman National Park, their vineyards produce high quality Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Viognier, both for the Anchorage label and the company's export label Torrent Bay.

The first of the vines were planted by the Drummond family in the spring of 2000 in rich river loam beside the mouth of the Motueka River, with expansion since then to take advantage of terroir in surrounding fertile horticultural areas, already renowned for hops, black currants, raspberries and a variety of pip and stone fruit.

Vibrant, fertile river flats with loamy, sandy soils ensure vigourous growth with careful vineyard management in the Motueka and Riwaka vineyards while the heavier but no less fertile soils in the Moutere are coupled with incredibly hot temperatures, combine to produce a mouth-filling array of aromas and flavours in the resultant wines.

Pioneers in horticulture and agriculture in the region since the 1800s, the Drummonds now use their land-savvy and more than a century of local knowledge passed down from generation to generation to produce their own wine savvy.

The Anchorage label was initiated in 2003 and is growing every year. Along with New Zealand's sought-after Sauvignon Blanc, the Anchorage label now includes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Viognier.

Harvest volumes in 2007 made Nelson New Zealand's fourth most productive vineyard region; home to 28 listed wine producers and 58 registered grape growers who between them have 752ha. Vintage 2007 produced more than 5190 tonnes of grapes harvested from Nelson vineyards, many of them aromatic varieties that the region is becoming better known for.

Viticulture occupies scattered pockets with a range of horticultural activities on the alluvial loam soils of the Waimea Plains and in the folds and valleys of the beautiful hills throughout the district. Soil structure here changes to clay loams over hard clay subsoil. Nelson winemakers specialise and excel in grape varieties that respond to cooler growing conditions. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir varieties account for more than 80% of the region's vineyard area.

Anchorage Wines has been exported to Australia since 2005, and more recently to the United States, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Ukraine and England.


Winemaker We'd like to introduce Stefan Heinrich to the role of Head Winemaker at Anchorage Family Estate.

Stefan comes from the city of Heilbronn, Germany. This area has the reputation as producing high quality wines with the region known as "Heilbronn land" as "Germany's No.1 red wine region". Stefan has a family connection to winemaking and growing that dates back to the 1490's.

The city itself accounts for over 500 hectares of vine-covered area. Clear favourites are the Riesling and Trollinger, which make up almost two-thirds of the growing area, as well as the speciality wines Gewurztraminer, Muskatteller, Pinot Meunier, Dornfelder, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Lemberger.

Anchorage Wines New Zealand Limited | 202 Umukuri Road | Brooklyn | Motueka | P O Box 434 | Motueka 7143 | New Zealand
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