South Island, New Zealand
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Mud House was founded in 1996 and has built a business based on a quality product at a price that makes people come back for more. They have a strong focus on sustainability and have vineyard sites in three different locations, doing what each area does best. In 2013 they sold to a Hong Kong based company, but not much changed, they kept the same philosophy of starting with high quality fruit and over delivering on the shelf.
Mud House has a vineyard in Marlborough named The Woolshed Vineyard, which is about 100 hectares in size and planted mainly to Sauvignon Blanc with 5% Pinot Noir. This vineyard is situated near a triangular shaped hill called Delta which provides some protection from the weather and also creates altitude and soil type differences in the vineyard, which allows for a more complex wine. The three Waipara vineyards total just over 200 hectares and are planted mostly to Riesling and Pinot Gris, the two regional specialties, which create very fragrant wines. The Central Otago is named Claim 431 Vineyard which is an old gold mining reference. This vineyard is planted entirely to Pinot Noir which benefits from the continental climate of the region.
The Mud House winemaking team is headed up by local Marlborough boy Cleighten Cornelius. Cleighten was bitten by the travel bug right after school and traveled to Europe where amongst his many adventures he played cricket with British PM John Major. Upon returning home he studied winemaking and then gained experience in Europe while working for Allan Scott. He joined the Mud House team in 2012.