Te Motu Vineyard back under founding family’s control
Waiheke Island’s iconic vineyard, Te Motu, is back under the management of the Dunleavy family who developed it in 1988, but sold to Richina Pacific two years ago. A group including the Poland family and others with strong connections to Waiheke, along with Sam Harrop MW, John Dunleavy Wine maker and Paul Dunleavy, Te Motu’s former managing director, have just settled the purchase to buy the original vineyard in Onetangi Valley back from Richina Pacific.
Paul Dunleavy, who resumes the role of managing director, says "This is a hugely significant acquisition. We have a great team of investors who are committed to maximizing the potential from this exceptional, world-class vineyard site."
The purchase includes adjoining land including the former airstrip. John Dunleavy continues as wine maker and viticulturist, and will be assisted in winemaking by Sam Harrop MW as a consultant.
"We have many exciting plans for the business and these will be revealed over the next few months. For now, our focus is on the 2013 vintage, our 21st since the inaugural 1993 bottling," says Paul.
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