Mangawhai’s Te Whai Bay Wines has been named the Northland regional winner of the 2013 ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition.
Established in late 2012, Te Whai Bay is already on the way to becoming a recognised New Zealand wine brand.
“I am so very pleased to have won the regional final,” says owner Nicola Deveraux. “To have your business plans and start-up recognised and endorsed by experts is very encouraging.”
Nicola wants to create a complete wine experience for visitors and locals to enjoy – a venue that will be an iconic destination within Mangawhai.
Her vision, with the help of local award winning architect David Wingate, is an architectural building nestled amongst vines, with winery, tasting room, cellar and courtyard.
The vineyard could also have a small churchlike building and bandstand adding to the main building as a venue for weddings and family celebrations.
The King Road vineyard has established chardonnay grape vines which have proven yield at gold medal level.
“We are planting other Northland proven red grape varieties to increase our range,” says Nicola. “Not all wine grapes grow well in the Northland region and we select the best grapes and wines from other New Zealand regions to increase the range of our label.”
The winery will make wines for the Te Whai Bay label and contract wine making for other labels.
In the future, Nicola hopes Te Whai Bay Wines will eventually be exported and regarded as one of New Zealand’s most recognised boutique wines.
■ Te Whai Bay Wines is located at 367 King Road in Mangawhai and open for tasting and other events from Labour Weekend through to Easter. Wine is also available onlline at tewhaibaywines.co.nz.
FINE VINE: Nicola Deveraux has a definite vision for new venture Te Whai Bay Wines.