Shaky Bridge Winery is an environmentally sustainable family run winery located in the Alexandra Basin, a sub-region of New Zealand’s stunning Central Otago. The Alexandra Basin is one of the southern points of Central Otago, making Shaky Bridge one of the southernmost wineries in the world!
Situated in close proximity to the Manuherikia River, Shaky Bridge Winery is named after the suspension bridge which is one of the oldest in New Zealand which was opened in 1879. This bridge was the only thoroughfare across the river during the gold rush.
What makes our wines so special?
Alexandra is known as the hottest, driest and coldest town in New Zealand. Therefore, due to these weather extremities, precise and selected farming practices are in use. The Alexandra Basin has the lowest annual rainfall of any area in New Zealand, therefore sustainable farming practices must be in use. Winemaker David prides himself on his sustainable farming practices which includes reduced water consumption, traceability and the use of compost.
The winery is situated on a river terrace which in prehistoric times would have been completely underwater. This geologically benefits the winery resulting in rich alluvial soils which not only benefits and promotes farming vine growth, but additionally sustainability due to the deep rooted vines.
About the Winemaker.
The son of wine-growing pioneers William and Gillian, David was literally born on the Home Block, and has wine in his veins. Growing up he helped his parents out in the early years of planting vineyards on the Dunstan Road site.
Raised in Alexandra, Dave went on to study Mining Engineering at Otago University where he earned an Honours degree. Following graduation, he moved to Australia working as a product specialist in explosives and living in the Australian Outback for several years. In 1995 an opportunity saw Dave return home to manage the vineyards and establish a winery on the Home Block. Studying winemaking through EIT in Hawkes Bay, he began making wine in 1997 and has worked with a number of highly skilled winemakers from around the world over the years.
Dave was a finalist in the New Zealand Winemaker of the Year awards in 2005, and has been steadily collecting awards since. In 2018, the Shaky Bridge Pioneer Series Pinot Noir won New Worlds Champion Pinot Noir & Champion Red Wine in their annual competition with an overall 96 points.
Davids philosophy on winemaking stems from his belief that the best wines are crafted by allowing the wines to speak for themselves.