As of March 2019, 10 years after we brought the sheep paddock, LazyDog® Wines & Garden Restaurant is the final stage in our ambition to be self-supporting on a rural Central Otago property.
Jeff and Dean are happy to be making wine, using our own press, on a concrete pad (with drainage) , and under a roof (with gutters) - No more rain jackets and gumboots for our wine makers!!
Friends had retired after 25 years of restaurant operation in February 2018 and released to us the refrigeration units we needed to start a small winery on-site.
Our grapes were pressed off-site and brought back to us for wine making, but that proved hard work. Clearly we needed our own press.
A second hand press in excellent condition had been found late 2018. A new bladder was been fitted and "Howard" has arrived and been converted to NZ electricity standard.
We purchased barrels and Dean made the VCR tanks in between cooking our guest’s fillet steaks and wine platters.
Our grapes were pressed off-site and brought back to us for wine making.
All manner of pumps, hoses, and specialist wine making equipment was ordered and we pretended not to notice the dramatic effect on our bank balance.
We were short a couple of key pieces of equipment so cleaning barrels was done the manual way.
In the 2018 vintage we took 6.5 tonnes of grapes from our vineyards and made 5 wines on our own premises, under the strict direction and “hands-on” participation of our long term wine consultant and friend Jeff Sinnott:
- LazyDog® – “Queensberry Reserve” Chenin Blanc (for release April 2019)
- LazyDog® – “Queensberry” Chenin Blanc
- LazyDog® – “Sweet on Chenin” Later Harvest Chenin Blanc/ Gewürztraminer blend
- LazyDog® – “Shady Lady” Rose
- LazyDog® – “Blown Away” Gewürztraminer