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Yealands Wine Group Earthquake Update

Yealands Wine Group Earthquake Update


23rd November 2016

Since the Kaikoura Earthquake last Monday, 14th of November, Yealands Wine Group (Yealands) has resumed full operations at the Yealands Estate Winery.

Yealands sustained some damage and wine loss during the Kaikoura earthquake, but was quickly able to ensure the safety of employees and recommence full operations at the winery. Peter Yealands said “that the team learnt a lot from the 2013 Seddon earthquake – we were proud that at that time we didn’t miss an order, and it is our intention to do the same this time around”. “We do have repair work to do prior to vintage, but our winery building performed exactly as it should under the circumstances and the team are focused on returning the winery to its original state. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from the public, our customers and suppliers.”

While the earthquake was enough to occupy everyone at Yealands, on Thursday 17th November, Keith Yealands, Peter’s father passed away. Keith was born on 16 April 1921 and experienced a lot in his 95 years. Keith fought in World War 2 in the original SAS (Long Range Desert Group), he was injured, captured and subsequently escaped before coming back to New Zealand to set up a grocery business and raise the family in Blenheim. One of the many philosophies he imparted in Peter was that Sustainability is about leaving more wood in the woodshed for the generation to come. It is safe to say that Keith left a lot of wood in the shed and Pete continues to stock it for the generations to come.

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