Moa Beer is considering changing its plans for its new brewery in Marlborough following an outcry from French-owned Cloudy Bay wines.
Cloudy Bay claims Moa wants to erect “an industrial-scale brewery” that “has no place in such a world famous wine-growing region”.
Moa CEO Geoff Ross says the brewer is considering housing its new facility in a ‘winery’ to appease the French.
“As the image below shows, our new brewery will easily fit inside one of Cloudy Bay’s six buildings. So we’ll consider creating a building, smaller than one of Cloudy Bay’s wine rooms, calling it a winery, and putting our brewery inside.
“Surely they couldn’t have an issue with that? But seriously, aren’t Cloudy Bay’s objections just a case of the pot calling the kettle black?”
An aerial image of Cloudy Bay winery in Marlborough: the red outline shows the dimensions of Moa Beer’s planned brewery