Wellington icon wine store owner buys into Auckland

One family owned wine store passes ownership to another family in November this year when Geoff Henderson, the owner of Regional Wines & Spirits, takes over Herne Bay Cellars, which he has purchased.
The iconic store is set for a diverse new lease of life thanks to its acquisition by Geoff, who also owns the newly designed Hamilton Beer & Wine Co and beercellar.co.nz. His business acquisitions are seeing him expand an independent group of stores in an age where independent wine, beer and spirit stores remain something of a rarity.

Geoff purchased Herne Bay Cellars from Michael Hudson, who began the store 30 years ago. Since its inception, Herne Bay Cellars has hosted famous  tastings, such as with Sir John Kirwan, and famously moved location – a whole two doors along the road from 182 to 184  Jervois Road, in 2014.
“Herne Bay Cellars will be my first store in Auckland and I intend to bring some of the extensive product range we offer at our current stores to this outstanding site,” says Geoff, who has worked in drinks retail since 2007. He started with a store in the Central Plateau region and today manages 30 employees across two of New Zealand’s most extensively stocked and well respected liquor retail stores in Hamilton and Wellington.

Outgoing storeowner Michael Hudson plans to holiday in Whangamata in November to begin his retirement, where he enjoys surfing.

Disclaimer: I work for Geoff Henderson as a writer and part time wine adviser at Regional Wines & Spirits. 

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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