Bragato Research Winery

The Bragato Research Winery

Bragato Research Winery

Completed in 2020, the Bragato Research Winery for the Bragato Research Institute – Rangahau Karepe Wāina o Aotearoa was the first building in Marlborough to be awarded a 5 Green Star NZ Industrial Built v3 Certified rating.

Developed following a masterplanning process for the wider site, the Winery’s architecturally simple form hides a sophisticated programme that facilitates the changing nature of the research work taking place within. Sustainable design initiatives utilised in the design include:

  • Solar photovoltaic panels
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Rainwater soakage to ground
  • CIP (cleaned-in-place technology utilising greywater recycling)
  • Daylight harvesting
  • Passive ventilation
  • Highly insulated with Kingspan panels


Temperature control and running costs are critical functions of the building and these have been carefully considered as part of the design.

Refined cladding and glazing details, and exposed structural forms, elevate the building above its simple industrial references to that of an elegant shed.

Bragato Research Winery

Custom CNC-etched acoustic panels in oak veneer  control noise levels, and reference the traditional materials of wine-making. The design, from the Bragato Institute’s identity, links to the molecular protein structure of wine.

Bragato Research Winery

Client: New Zealand Winegrowers Research Centre Ltd

Location: Blenheim

Status: Completed 2020

Sector: Commercial, Science & Research

Awards: NZIA Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards, Winner – Commercial, 2021

Karl Vercoe, JTB Architects

Karl Vercoe



Diana Shchukin

Associate Interior Designer