We did not have winemaking or hospitality experience when we began this venture. We have grown our business with one major philosophy uppermost in our minds – we operate from a customer’s point of view – and we believe it works. We began the venture at a fairly young age, and with a project that was so long term in its maturity, we believe this has been a substantial advantage to us. We weren’t burnt out and approaching retirement age when we began, which has meant that we have been able to harness our resourcefulness and passion to see this through as a long-term project.
It has now been over 18 years since we opened the restaurant – 20 years since the first plantings. We have aged – and so has our environment! Our vines are mature, but we still plant new varieties. Our landscaping has matured, but we continue to extend our gardens and potagers every year. We work on our buildings, changing, adding touches here and there. We feel they stand the test of time. The vision of our project was one that would be a lifelong development spanning 30 years and, as we suspected, we have yet to tire of drinking fine wine and creating fine food. Even eating it has not yet become burdensome. We now have two vineyard sites on Waiheke, complete with fully operational winery, and now we have received gold medal recognition for our wines.
We hope when you visit, you will enjoy The Mudbrick as much as we do. We are proud of what we do, and we know you will feel transported into a different world. The Mudbrick has it’s own heartbeat – and has a lovely feel surrounding it when you visit.
~ Robyn and Nicholas Jones.