About Kahurangi Estate
About Kahurangi Estate
Kahurangi Estate is a family owned boutique vineyard dedicated to producing hand-made premium quality wines in a truly sustainable manner. Our focus is on aromatic grape varieties that respond to the Nelson region's cool climate conditions. The vineyard was planted in 1973 and has the oldest commercial Riesling vines in the South Island. We purchased the existing vineyard in 1998, developing the Kahurangi brand and becoming one of the fastest growing wineries in New Zealand.
The Day Family
Greg and Amanda moved back home to New Zealand with their young family in 1998, to purchase the existing Vineyard in Upper Moutere and develop the Kahurangi brand. Today we continue to be involved in all aspects of the vineyard, winemaking and marketing with our daughter, Samantha joining the family business in 2008. We are proud to stand together with our Kahurangi team and present wines to you that reflect the true flavours and beauty of the Nelson region.
Our Winemaking Team
Neil Todd has been with Kahurangi Estate since April 2001, starting as assistant in the Winery under the guidance of Daniel Schwarzenbach. Neil is a brewer by profession, having owned his own brewery and brewing beer for 10 years. The progression to winemaking seemed a natural choice and when Daniel left in 2004, Neil stepped up to the role as Chief Winemaker. He kick-started his new career with a Gold Medal and Trophy in the International Wine Challenge for our Kahurangi Unwooded Chardonnay 2005. Since then Neil has gone on to produce many Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for Kahurangi Estate and we are very proud to have him as our Chief Winemaker.
The satisfaction is just rewards for Neil, almost as good as a cold beer after work!
Emmanuelle David joined our winemaking team in 2013. Originally from France, Emmanuelle started her apprenticeship in the Burgundy region while studying viticulture and oenology. As any good winemaker student should Emmanuelle travelled and worked harvests in South Africa and Australia before finishing her degree back home in France. Now a qualified oenologist, Emmanuelle and her husband moved here to New Zealand in 2006 and settled here in sunny Nelson in 2008. A few years and a couple of children later Emmanuelle is an essential member of the team – specialising in our laboratory over the vintage period. Her first year with us here at Kahurangi Estate, Emmanuelle was a part of the team to win the Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy for the Best Chardonnay in Nelson, a good omen one could say!