from the beginning…

shadowkirkKirk Bray, owner of Georges Road Wines, is a graduate (with Distinction) from Lincoln Universitys Post Graduate Diploma course for Viticulture and Oenology.  After soaking up vintage cellar experience at wineries in Canterbury, Waipara, France, California and Germany, Kirk moved to Germany full time where he spent a further two years winemaking  (and cementing his growing love of Riesling, the king of the aromatic wines).

Returning to NZ in 2003, and inspired by the family owned and quality focussed wineries of Europe, Kirk and his wife Alison bought a piece of prime vineyard land in Waipara. The vineyard was planted in 2004 and covers 8 hectares with a total of 25000 vines. Plenty of Riesling of course, Pinot Gris too, a block of Syrah and Pinot Noir. It was/is hard but rewarding work, and with each passing year the vineyard matures and develops.

Georges Road Wines possesses a rare quality among todays wineries of New Zealand – From the grape through to the glass Kirk is intimately involved in all aspects of the business, with complete connection to the final wine in the bottle. Georges Road is his vision of a single vineyard Waipara terroir. It is a constantly evolving labour of love. 

the key…

The icon of the key, as represented on all Georges Road Wines, is a Kirks personal nod to his time as a winemaker in Germany. At Weingut Lingenfelder, and many other wineries around Germany, this key (which is still on his keyring today) was used to open the sample valve on all the wine tanks. Constant sampling and tasting of the wines in the cellar is important for any winemaker. This key represents Kirks introduction to a style and philosophy of winemaking that he has used since. His experience at Lingenfelder has shaped most things he does in the cellar. It is a style of winemaking that places the quality of the fruit as paramount and to be a natural guiding hand in the cellar in producing wines that emphasise balance above all else.