This family-owned and run winery was established by husband and wife winemaking team Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen. Planted in 1994, the Mount Maude vineyard is on the steep, north-facing slopes of the sheltered Maungawera Valley just outside of Wanaka, Central Otago.
Maude and its neighbouring peak Mount Gold present classic Central Otago conditions; crisp purity of air with strong diurnal temperature swings - this makes for very small harvests of outstanding fruit at the very margin of feasible production - when the weather is kind, and it frequently is. These hand-crafted wines are made in Maude’s custom built Wanaka winery using fruit sourced from Cromwell, Bannockburn and Wanaka. The Mount Maude wines come from the estate vineyards.
Maude Vineyards is accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand for its sustainability efforts, and the estate currently produces one organic wine. In the future, all of its forecasted new plantings will be farmed organically.