Church Road embraces Old World winemaking philosophies with one arm and technological winemaking advancements with the other. And we never forget that it all begins with fruit grown in Hawke's Bay.
We have vineyards in a variety of Hawke's Bay areas, so we can harvest a diverse range of grapes and select the best. Underpinning everything we set out to achieve in the vineyards is viticulturist Gary Wood and his team's concern for the environment. They make sure our vineyard practices consider the long-term needs of the land.
In the winery, our commitment to centuries-old winemaking techniques is genuine. We specially imported giant French oak cuves (wine vats) to ferment our red wines, and then age them in French oak barriques. We also worked with famed Bordeaux producer Domaines Cordier early on to fast-track our traditional winemaking expertise. While the French experience of tannin management and style definition has had a major impact on our winemaking philosophy, we had to modify their approach to suit our fruit.
At the same time, we placed a lot of emphasis on a technological and scientific procedures to make sure we understand what happens to our wine and what we should do to achieve the results we wanted.
The sum of it all is that Church Road now offers the best of both worlds.