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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
competitive.

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

Coastal Vineyards

"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"

Sauvignon Blanc

"with aromas of tropical
guava, passionfruit, lime, penetrating with a dusting
of white pepper, along with lime flowers, herbaceous
notes of capsicum."

Umukuri Road Vineyard

History

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.

Family

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.

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