WineWorks was born out of my desire to establish a food-processing plant in regional New Zealand that added value to primary production. I wanted to manufacture a product that had its roots in the soil.

And I can imagine no better crop to do this to than wine – the passion of the growers and winemakers who we work for , and the extent to which we can add value to the grapes that our growers grow, right here in New Zealand is something that we all feel proud about – wanting to do our bit to make value for New Zealand.

I have been blessed to work with great teams, and great wineries, across the country, getting regional New Zealand onto the tabletops of people all over the world, who can see and taste what we are about. Now THAT is rewarding!

Even though I don’t have a day-to-day role in the company now, I remain a director and a majority shareholder in the company I love. And it makes me happy to see the rest of our team ‘get’ the culture and meaning that we have created over the last 25 years


I accept this trophy happy in the knowledge that it has been bottled by Wineworks with all of the integrity that comes with that.

Alwyn Corban, Ngatarawa Wines, when accepting the Air NZ trophy for sweet wine

To all involved at Wineworks I wish to say how much I appreciate the effort and willingness I received during this bottling run of 4 separate wines. I may at times request difficult operations and additional analysis or deviation of procedures on relatively small volumes that are never met with a cannot do attitude, rather how can we make it work. At the completion of this bottling run I felt everything had run like clockwork. Apart from me (with no hair) requiring a hair net as part of your internal BRC audit check. Keep up the great work. Good luck with this week’s BRC audits.

Dave McKee, Black Barn Vineyards