We built our winery in 1980 with the intermittent help of a young chippie from down the road, using macrocarpa milled on site.
Adapted from the orginal stables (circa 1850), it has been described by one writer as “an elegant shed” and houses the wine bar, office and white winery. At the back is a vineyard garden featuring an enormous Acer Negundo – perfect for climbing.
Since then our buildings have grown like Topsy. A barrel hall and lab were added, and then in 94 we built an adobe storage area - it’s 600mm mud-brick walls of local clay maintaining a cool temperature for aging wine.
Finally in 2004 we erected a purpose built red winery in a style similar to the original, but with some high-tech insulation hiding under Macrocarpa cladding, and a thermal – mass barrel hall for temperature stability.
Increasingly, our garden and grounds play host to concerts, and the now well established Country Occasion. Held every two years, it’s a vibrant spring market day, celebrating the diversity and richness of the artisans and producers of the Nelson region and beyond, raising money for Child Cancer and the local Moutere Community Centre.
There are a constant number of French oak barrels for sale – to be turned into water tanks, planters, kennels, leaners for your bar or countless other uses. We are delighted to see these precious barrels being recycled.
Recycling is whole obession at Neudorf – chooks, compost, cardboard, paper shredding – we do it happily.