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

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,” said Paul Donaghy, general manager of Rockburn Wines.

“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.”

After an extensive refit and upgrade of the winery, winemaker Malcolm Francis-Rees successfully managed the transition to the Ripponvale Road site within a four-week window before the 2016 harvest getting underway.

The Cellar Door remains at McNulty Road and is open seven days.