Our wine philosophy starts in the vineyard. In all our treatments such as pruning, fruit thinning and canopy training; we respect the subtle difference of each vine. We aim to create a vineyard with complexity and sturdy vine health throughout the property. We carry this attitude into the winery where we endeavour to identify significantly different parcels of fruit which we keep separate and make in a style that promotes its positive attributes.

Once these wines are blended, we take away the knowledge of what part of our vineyard is performing and contributing more than its weight in the blend.

The resulting wines from Alana demonstrate a collage of subtle complexities which are a combination of terroir, climate of the growing season, viticulture and winemaking…

Alana Estate is a boutique winery, situated in the heart of the Martinborough township. Owned by Mike Cornish and his family, much of the vineyard work is undertaken by them and they have a strong input in the day to day running of the business. Mike has been involved in the wine industry since the early 90s and has immense passion for the industry where his motto is

Make great wine and have fun doing it

Alana’s winemaker, Alex Craighead, has been involved in the venture since 2011, when he moved from another Wairarapa winery. Alex has experience making wines around the world, spanning from New Zealand to Australia, Spain, France, Italy, Canada and the USA. Alex, has a passion for minimalist winemaking, utilizing native yeast, low levels of SO2 and concentrating on letting the grapes express themselves.


Alana’s vineyards are situated in in and around the centre of Martinborough, where they are all planted on old river gravels. There is minimal spraying of any kind in the vineyards and all vineyard work is performed by hand.

Alana Winemaker – Alex Craighead

Born in Sydney, but brought up in Christchurch, Alex initially begun training as a Chef. In 2001 Alex moved to Perth, where he spent a great deal of time in the Swan Valley tasting wines and speaking with enthusiastic winemakers. This inspired his interest in wine and in 2002 he returned to New Zealand to study Oenology and Viticulture at Lincoln University.Since then he has gained vast international experience from wineries in France, Italy, Canada, USA and Australia. Alex finally returned to New Zealand in early 2011 intent on producing the best Pinot Noir that New Zealand has to offer. After a short stint as winemaker at Matahiwi Estate in the Northern Wairarapa, Alex joined Alana Estate in January 2012. In line with our burgeoning interest in organics, Alex has a hands off approach to winemaking, aiming to express the fruit and terroir as well as possible. The resulting wines from Alana demonstrate a collage of subtle complexities which are a combination of terroir, climate of the growing season, viticulture and winemaking…