One of the country’s largest wine-based tourism and hospitality operations has been placed on the market for sale. Mahana Estates, at Upper Moutere near Nelson, generates income from four revenue streams which operate both independently and in conjunction with one another – a retail outlet, a restaurant, a function catering business and luxury accommodation. All of it, including the Mahana label, vineyards and winery operations, are all for sale.

“Mahana Estates is essentially founded on its vineyard operations, which in turn sustain the winery crushing plant, storage and bottling,” said salesperson Mike Poff. “From there, the label is marketed and sold through both the hospitality and retail sectors, and directly from its own cellar door.

“A portion of product is also served at both the Mahana’s tasting room restaurant, and to a larger scale, through the function and events business. While on one hand this means a zero-carbon footprint for stock delivery – which is literally brought upstairs from the wine cave — it also means a better profit margin by negating the need for any wholesaler or retailer.

“Mahana Estate’s accommodation is a magnet for guests, who are able to eat and drink on site at the cellar door restaurant. It’s the perfect symbiotic business model.”

The Mahana Estates property portfolio includes:

  • a 21ha vineyard planted in pinot noir, pinot gris, riesling and chardonnay;
    • a 9ha sauvignon blanc vineyard in nearby Hope;
    • a 2589sq m four-level winery capable of crushing 500 tonnes of grapes annually, an on-site gravity-feed cellaring facility and bottling plant;
    • a cellar door tasting room and retail outlet which doubles as an a-la-carte restaurant (capacity 100 people standing or 40 seated);
    • a separate commercial-grade function and events venue capable of hosting up to 200 guests in a seated format, along with the more intimate Barrel Room, Wine Library and Show Cellar;
    • an upmarket lodge capable of accommodating 14 guests at a time.