Anchorage Wines founding family, the Drummond Family have been pioneers of the land since 1866. Alexander Drummond came from Scotland on the sailing ship “The Sir Allan McNab” to Nelson for a better life. Now 5 generations later the family are still working the land with vineyards throughout the Riwaka, Motueka and Moutere areas. Their belief that the rich fertile soils surrounding the Motueka area, coupled with balmy sea breezes and some of New Zealand’s consistently highest sunshine readings are ideal for crafting their range of cool climate aromatic wines.
Anchorage Wines founding family, the Drummonds, hold firm to their belief that the rich fertile soils surrounding the Motueka township, coupled with balmy sea breezes and some of New Zealand’s consistently highest sunshine readings, are the ideal climate in which to craft their aromatic wines. Grapes from their vineyards in the nearby Moutere add a further dimension to their range of classic aromatic varieties.
2023 award winning wines
2023 Pinot Gris - Trophy "Best in Class" Aotearoa Reginal Wine Competition
2022 Award Winning WInes
2022 Sauvignon Blanc - Double Gold, Gold & Top 50 NWWA
2022 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc - Gold
2021 Award Winning wines
2021 Pinot Gris - Double Gold (98 Pts)
2021 Florals Sauvignon Blanc - Gold
2021 Florals Pinot Gris - Gold
Chief Winemaker: Tony Southgate
Chief Winemaker: Tony Southgate
Chief winemaker Tony Southgate has a vision to make wines that are immaculate, clean and
that everyday people can drink.
He joined Anchorage in 2019 to form a strong team that is moving the Motueka Wine
Company forward. The former New Zealand Winemaker of the Year (2012) said he has been
working on showcasing the fruit’s purity and fine balance, to lift the bar and become more
It’s a huge difference from where he first started, initially studying economics at school
before training to become a butcher, then a cabinet maker and eventually a wine maker. It
was at the boutique butchery he worked at in Auckland where he realised that very attention
to detail was what he excelled at. “And that set me on the pathway for excellence. I don’t
want to make mediocre wine.”
But it was actually his wife that first introduced him to wine, and together they used to attend many festivals throughout the country.
His favourite drop? He likes heavy reds, particularly from France, or a New Zealand Syrah, as well as a Pinot Noir that has some identity to it.
He’s also mad on motorcycles - fast ones, and admits to having a few of those, for the days he’s not working, fine dining or drinking wine.
The Beautiful Abel Tasman
.....Our inspiration for making world class wines
Reserve with Platter
"Rich fertile soils, coupled with balmy sea breezes and some of New Zealand’s consistently highest sunshine readings, are the ideal climate in which to craft aromatic wines"
Pinot Gris with Fish n Chips
.......Nothing is nicer than Fish n Chips by the sea on a summers evening.
Gold medal winning Sauvignon Blanc
"with aromas of tropical
guava, passionfruit, lime, penetrating with a dusting of white pepper, along with lime flowers, herbaceous notes of capsicum."