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Tony love’s innovation, and is at the leading edge of the modern Chardonnay movement that is bringing more and more consumers back to the joys of this wonderful grape.
Tony is supported by his life partner Karryn, and this family owned business is growing organically from a very small base. 2017 see’s the release of Tony Bish Wines super premium Chardonnays, the 2016 Golden Egg and the 2016 Skeetfield Vineyard. Added to the range is a new wine; Heartwood Chardonnay made in French oak barriques. The name reflects the fact that only the Heart Wood of the 140+ year old oak trees is used to make these barrels.
Long time friend and renowned photographer Richard Brimer has kindly provided all photographic material. A genius behind the lens, Richard's work adds depth and character to Tony’s wines.
In September 2017 The Urban Winery in Ahuriri has opened. Visitors can see Tony Bish making the Chardonnays and buy a bottle or two to take away. From Labour weekend visitors will also be able to enjoy a glass of wine at the Urban Winery with a platter of charcuterie or cheese.
It’s been a busy time at the winery, bringing the 2017 vintage into our new Urban Winery, and releasing last year’s stellar 2016 Chardonnays. 2016 Golden Egg Chardonnay First up was the Easter release of the 2016 Golden Egg. The 2015 was a sell-out success, so there was much anticipation. The 2016 is truly beautiful, and has had an extraordinary reception by the trade, critics and our lovely customers. Growing in volume from one concrete egg to two, we sold out on allocation to the trade in just four days! But we have saved some stock for our new cellar door and our many Chardonnay fans. Hand harvested Mendoza (free run juice only) was used for ferment in the unique...
We have been working to establish a home for Tony Bish Wines, and are delighted to announce we are building a stunning Urban Winery in the old National Tobacco Company iconic Art Deco building in Ahuriri, within the Port precinct of Napier. Colloquially known as the “Rothmans” building, this is a stunning piece of Art Deco industrial architecture and a national treasure. We just managed to shoe-horn the vintage in, complete with concrete eggs, barrels and more, and are now fitting out the cellar door area ahead of a planned opening in September this year. Very exciting! We have had some wonderful help from some of New Zealand’s most talented creative individuals, so its funky, totally unique, and very welcoming....