So I had the opportunity to go see what remains of that little ‘stone’ building recently. It is a little off topic, but I do find the story interesting. What I was struck by was the amazing view right back to the city from this spot on the Sapich Wines property. I must have been the only person in West Auckland who did not realise that this stone building was part of the set for Vintner’s Luck. Anyway, it now lies in ruins after the recent strong winds. There are no plans to rebuild it.
The vineyard on Forest Hill Road was established in 1945 as Forest Hills Wines. Steve Sapich explained that because of a confusion with the Forrest Hill Road on the North Shore it was decided to change the name later to its current Sapich Wines. I was lucky enough to be given one of the original labels for their Cherry Brandy.