Happy Birthday Sherwood Estate
We’re turning 30!
As winter slowly starts to turn into spring and the vines start to burst into life we will be celebrating our 30th birthday.
Jill and Dayne Sherwood planted 20 acres of vines on their Canterbury block in 1987 and Sherwood Estate Wines was born. As we enter our 30th year we want to share this very special milestone with you.
Sherwood Estate Wines has grown from a small family vineyard and winery to one of the largest independent wine companies in New Zealand. We produce over 50,000 cases of wine a year and sell to over 20 different countries. You will also find our wine in all the major grocery retailers the length and breadth of New Zealand.
Although our company has changed dramatically over the last three decades we are proud to say we are still 100% family owned and operated.
Our five vineyards in the beautiful Waipara Valley produce an extensive range of wines. We are fiercely proud of our little corner of the world and believe the unique climate here allows us to produce some truly exceptional wines. Our wine is made to be enjoyed on any occasion, from picking up a great bottle from your local grocery store to enjoy mid week, to something a bit more refined for a special occasion.
The best is yet to come…
This year we are looking forward to the 2017 vintage release, some exciting new brands and supplying new markets. Wherever you are in the world we hope you are able to raise a glass of Sherwood Estate wine and celebrate with us.
A Family Love Affair
The Sherwood’s love for wine goes back further than the company’s 30 years. Being a typical Kiwi bloke, Dayne was partial to a can of good New Zealand beer. On a whim, he joined the university Wine Club during the final year of his degree. This ignited his interest in wine but appreciation for the drink wasn’t quite enough. Soon after graduating, Dayne and new wife Jill planted a small block of grapes outside of Christchurch in 1987.
What started as a hobby soon turned in to a desire to know more. The year was 1988 and the New Zealand wine industry was in its infancy. Viticulture and winemaking wasn’t a study option in New Zealand and would-be winemakers, including our Chief Winemaker, Petter Evans, had to go overseas to study. That year, Lincoln University established the first cool-climate wine production programme in the English-speaking world. Not content with one degree, Dayne, along with 8 others enrolled.
“Back 30 years ago when we first thought about going into the wine industry it was something different, not everybody was doing it, it was something quite out there. We liked the feeling of being independent and doing something ourselves.”
For Dayne, the decision to quit his job with an accountancy firm and start making wine was quite normal. Together Jill and Dayne have built the company from the ground up and are still as involved in the whole process as they were 30 years ago. To complete the circle, the couple’s younger son, Marc, is completing his viticulture degree at Lincoln University, 25 years after his dad completed the same course.
30 years on Jill and Dayne’s love for wine is as strong as ever.
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It’s not everyday you turn 30 so to celebrate we held an event with customers, suppliers and trade members who have supported us over the last 30 years. Check out what we got up to below: