Having secured a 10-year lease, Invivo Wines are moving into a historic 114-year-old Auckland winery, which was built in 1902 by the Government as NZ’s first viticulture research station, originally headed by Romeo Bragato.
“It’s exciting to be taking over the place where Romeo Bragato made some of New Zealand’s first export wines. He was a legend; winemaker, innovator and exporter,” said Tim Lightbourne, Invivo Wines co-founder. The Kiwi company will continue to make and bottle its wine in Marlborough for the next 18 months, before centralising its operations in Auckland. The on-site bottling plant could then turn out up to 12,000 each day.
“We are honoured to keep this historic winery operating and continue the legacy, when otherwise it would’ve had to close its doors,” said Invivo co-founder and winemaker, Rob Cameron.