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Coopers Creek Vineyard

www.cooperscreek.co.nz

601 State Highway 16 (PO Box 140), Kumeu, Auckland

Cellar Door: Mon-Fri (9.30- 5.50; Weekends 10.30-5.30)

Ph: (+64) 9412 8560

Coopers Creek wines from the Hawkes Bay region

Coopers Creek wines from the Marlborough region

Coopers Creek is located in the historic Huapai and Kumeu wine area, about 35km north west of Auckland. Andrew and Cynthia Hendry first established the Coopers Creek winery in 1980.

Andrew's background and knowledge from working within the wine industry at the time and Cynthia's success from running her own pate making business provided a winning formula. Initially the company was formed by the Hendry's with the partnership of Randy Weaver, who became the first winemaker at Coopers Creek, plus other shareholders.

Four hectares of land were purchased at the Huapai site, work started on the winery buildings and Chardonnay and Merlot vines were planted. Two years later (1982) the first Coopers Creek vintage was produced and soon after that the first label released onto the local market. Coopers Creek was in production as a "micro-boutique' winery.

The 1980's saw the winery steadily develop and expand with the acquisition of a second vineyard site at Middle Road in the Hawkes Bay and, after Randy departed to return to the USA, with the appointment of Kim Crawford as winemaker.

The winery began to develop contracts with growers in the other principal wine growing regions of New Zealand and to build its portfolio of wines. Andrew Hendry has always seen the potential of New Zealand wine in the export arena. A long-time contributor and campaigner for New Zealand wine he has for many years been seeking and negotiating associations and partnerships with overseas markets. These efforts have been rewarded with Coopers Creek receiving a special commendation from the government and the prestigious 'Award for excellence in exporting' at the 1997 New Zealand exports awards.

Simon Nunns joined Coopers Creek in 1997 and took over the reins from Kim, departing to set up his own label, as winemaker with the 1998 vintage. One of the best vintages ever seen at Coopers Creek and with a host of gold's and other medal winning wines from that vintage, Simon has continued to enhance the Coopers Creek label.

Today, twenty years on, Coopers Creek is still a family owned, New Zealand winery enjoying another growth phase with the recent acquisition of a new vineyard site in the Hawkes Bay (12ha at Roys Hill) and securing further contracts with vineyard sites in Marlborough and Gisborne.

The company currently employs twenty-two full time employees and is exporting wine to over twenty countries worldwide. Since its humble beginnings the winery and vineyard site at Huapai has matured well over the years with the landscaping of the gardens, which now positions it as one of the most picturesque settings in the Auckland region.

The winery hosts the annual vineyard sculpture exhibitions and known for its classic events such as the 'live jazz' days (Sundays in summer).

Tasting Notes

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(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)