Vintage 2016 - All fruit is now fermenting and we are excited by the flavours that are emerging. If good wine is made in the vineyard, then well done to all our growers!
Fruit Supply 2017 and onwards - If you are thinking of supplying the Cooperative, then contact us as soon as possible. There is continuing demand for grapes and wine from buyers who see value in dealing with a Growers Cooperative rather than an investor owned wine company. Remember - in 2014, 2015 & 2016, we picked every berry on our Members blocks. We doubt any other wine company in Marlborough did this.
GOOD NEWS!! The Cooperative was recently announced as 2015 regional winners for the 'Fastest Growing Agribusiness' and 'Fastest Growing Export Company' in the Deloitte Top 50 Competition. A nice reward for a lot of hard work by the whole team.
The Marlborough Grape Producers Cooperative has been around in various forms for over 10 years. We are not a traditional wine company, nor are we contract grape growers. We sit between the two sides, running a wine business on behalf of our grower members.
Our mission is to work together to produce excellent Marlborough wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other aromatic varietals.
Cooperative business models are common in the rural sector of New Zealand. Fonterra, Ballance, Ravensdown & Silver Fern Farms are all examples of successful Cooperative businesses. They follow strict commercial practices and ensure profits are returned directly to members, not paid out to institutional or private investors.
The Directors of the MGP Cooperative are embracing this philosophy. Over the past 12 months they have been steering the business through the initial phases of developing a Cooperative, while growing the business and developing new markets.