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Wairau River Wines announces cellar door closure due to sudden medical event

Source: Wairau River Wines/Facebook

The Rose Family of Wairau River Wines has announced the decision to close its restaurant and cellar door for now, effective 16 December.

The closure is due to a sudden medical event experienced by head chef Tāne Malcolm who, with partner Caroline Rose, has been with the winery for almost 20 years.

“At this time Caroline’s focus needs to be on Tāne and our wider family is committed to supporting them,” said restaurant manager, Pip Rose.

“We know this is going to come as a disappointment to our wonderful, loyal customers, especially in the lead up to Christmas and another brilliant Marlborough summer ahead.

“We can’t emphasise enough how much we appreciate your loyalty and we thank you for your understanding at this time. This has been a hugely difficult decision because it obviously impacts our amazing team who we value so highly.”

Wairau River Chief Executive, Lindsay Parkinson, said they are immensely proud of the reputation for quality associated with the Wairau River restaurant and cellar door.

“It’s critical we uphold that reputation, hence this frankly heart-wrenching decision this week. We’ll take some time now, to consider how to shape the future of this space.”

The Rose Family Estate says it remains focussed on making award-winning wine, including Marlborough’s champion Wairau River 2023 Sauvignon Blanc.

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