New Zealand's Prophet’s Rock to increase production
New Zealand winery Prophet’s Rock is set for further expansion “into offshore markets” following its purchase by a group of Central Otago investors with existing viticulture interests in the region.
Founded in 1999 by Mike and Angela Mulvey, Prophet’s Rock wines - distributed in the UK by Bibendum - have been recognised as among the finest produced in Central Otago. All Prophet’s Rock vintages have been produced by winemaker Paul Pujol, who joined the company in 2005. As part of the acquisition deal, Mr Pujol assumes the role of general manager, in addition to his winemaking and viticulture duties.
Pujol said: “The investment stemming from the purchase means the winery can fully realise its potential. It enables us to bring a second vineyard fully on-stream and gives us the critical mass to expand distribution further into offshore markets.
“We will now be able to source grapes from an additional Bendigo vineyard, a spectacular site overlooking Lake Dunstan that features some of the steepest planted blocks in Central Otago.”
The first release under the Prophet’s Rock label was in 2005, and and all wines have consistently scored 90+ points in the independent monthly wine guide WineOrbit.