Founded in 1997, Craggy Range is a partnership between Terry Peabody and Steve Smith, and consists of multiple estate properties, including but not limited to: Te Muna Road Vineyard, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard and Kidnapper's Vineyard.
About the Brand
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- Exclusively crafts single-vineyard, terroir-driven wines
- Serves as a benchmark ambassador for the high quality of New Zealand’s wines
- A partnership between international businessman Terry Peabody and family, and winemaker and viticulturist Steve Smith
- Winemaker Steve Smith is the only specialist viticulturist in the world who is also a Master of Wine.
- Fruit is grown in key winegrowing properties in Hawkes Bay and Martinborough.
- Critical acclaim: consistently outstanding (90+) scores, exceeding competitors in all categories, vintage after vintage
Craggy Range exclusively crafts single-vineyard, terroir-driven wines and is a benchmark ambassador for the high quality of New Zealand’s wines. Founded in 1997, Craggy Range is a partnership between Terry Peabody and Steve Smith, and consists of two wineries and two estate properties, Te Muna Road Vineyard and Gimblett Gravels Vineyard. Each has a separate soil structure, distinctive climate and unique topography, which allow Craggy Range to produce a diverse portfolio of wines.
Two Plans Converge
The idea behind Craggy Range Winery began a decade before its birth in the minds of two people who shared a passion for wine, quality and a desire to bring the two together in a lasting legacy. In 1987, Steve Smith was a prominent figure in the New Zealand wine industry who had set his sights on a small property in Hawke's Bay's Tukituki Valley, a dramatically beautiful site nestled to the east of the massive Te Mata Peak and overlooked by the Craggy Range Mountains.
At roughly the same time, international businessman Terry Peabody and his family decided to enter the wine industry, and after nearly a decade's research, his path led to New Zealand and to Steve Smith.
The Gimblett Gravels Story
Smith advised Peabody to make his first acquisition in what is now known as the Gimblett Gravels District of Hawke's Bay. The last remaining parcel of high-quality winegrowing land in the district, the vineyard site was already caught up in Smith's influence. Originally owned by the Gimblett family and used as a winter paddock for cattle and sheep, the 250-acre property was purchased in 1987 as a proposed gravel mine and quarry by an international concrete company. In 1989, a coalition of local growers, Smith key among them, opposed the company's attempts to proceed, citing the property's viticultural potential. After two losses in the legislature, the company offered the land for sale in 1997, and, fittingly, Craggy Range Winery acquired it.
Increasing Vineyard Holdings
The Peabodys' second acquisition occurred during their first visit to Hawke's Bay in 1998. Equally seduced by the Tukituki property on which Steve had set his sights in 1987, they purchased it as the site of their beautiful winery and small but very special Chardonnay vineyard. In mid-1998, Steve joined the winery as partner, wine and viticultural director and general manager, and immediately acquired the third vineyard property, the spectacular, 350-acre Te Muna Road Vineyard in the Martinborough District.
The Family Collection, Limited Editions and Prestige Collection
Craggy Range produces three lines of wines under its label: the Family Collection, Limited Editions and the Prestige Collection. The Family Collection and Limited Editions are single-varietal, single-vineyard estate wines produced from parcels planted to varieties specifically suited to each soil profile, bottled under a varietal designation. The key difference between the two is that the Limited Edition wines are available in select markets and on a limited basis, while the Family Collection wines are widely available. Fruit for these wines comes from all of Craggy Range’s estate vineyards.
The Prestige Collection is a range of single-varietal and blended wines sourced from select estate terroirs that yield fruit of exceptional ripeness, expression and complexity. Produced on a small scale, they bear proprietary rather than varietal names. Fruit for the Prestige Collection comes from the Gimblett Gravels and Te Muna Road vineyards.
Two Estate Wineries
Two winemaking facilities, both located in Hawke's Bay, serve all production. The beautiful Giant's Winery, dedicated in January of 2003 and located on the Tukituki estate, is specifically designed for and dedicated to the production of Craggy Range's Prestige Collection Bordeaux blends and Hawke's Bay Chardonnay from the Gimblett Gravels and Tukituki estates. Architecturally inspired both by tradition and innovation, it is also the site of the visitor center, guest lodge, administrative offices and a classic French country restaurant called Terroir. A second, larger winery on nearby Highway 50 is technologically advanced and different in focus and feel, and produces primarily Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from the Te Muna Road estate and Merlot and Syrah from Gimblett Gravels. It also houses the laboratory and bottling line.