Discovered that I had been passing this building for years and not realising that in fact, it is the remains of the Pacific Vineyards. This came about when I was chatting with Jack Morris yesterday about my mothers experience picking grapes for Spences Wines, also on McLeod Road.
Jack’s Words from his book Wine Makers and their Labels
Quite a sizeable operation, with a large vineyard which was established in 1936. This vineyard is still owned by the family selling from the cellar and supplying to Sepelts Wines. Paciﬁc has won many medals both in New Zealand and Overseas. Millie was the daughter of Joe Radaly from Forrest Hill Rd; one of the original winemakers of Henderson Valley. After Mijo’s death, Millie and her sons have carried on the business.
It’s a wonderful building – I would love to see what remains inside. I understand from Jack that unfortunately, Millie passed away last year. Would have been wonderful to experience hearing her stories.
The day was capped off by meeting up with Murray Gray from Going West books in Titirangi who I had met a couple days ago when searching for a few books. I had talked to him about my wish to perhaps meet with Dick Scott one day. I have asked him if he could search out a copy of Dick landmark book on Wine Makers in New Zealand. Murray has kindly loaned me a copy of the reprint of “Pioneers of New Zealand Wine” another of Dick Scott’s books, which includes wonderful photography by Marti Friedlander. It must have been great to have seen the industry out here in its prime. I guess I did but was too young to value it!
Murray is helping to organise the Going West Books & Writers Festival 2011 which is on later this year. I’ll be checking this out for sure. Info at www.goingwest.co.nz