The Barker’s Story
"During the 1980 and 1981 seasons, we made about 10,000 gallons of elderberry wine, constrained only by the availability and accessibility of wild elderberries from riverbeds between Christchurch and Burkes Pass. The Regional Catchment Boards of the day were attempting to eradicate the elder, given its classification as a semi-noxious weed. Our mindset to make 'something out of nothing' has always driven us to keep innovating." -- Michael Barker
Mid 1980s and Blackcurrant juice earns a new bottle design! Anthony and Gillian proudly hold a bottle of Tru-Fruit between rows of blackcurrant bushes. Launched as the world's first pure Blackcurrant Juice - we are still proudly the #1 blackcurrant fruit syrup in NZ supermarkets today
From Fruit Wines to 'Anthony Barker's Preserves', our innovation journey continued. Here in 1991, Michael, Gillian and Anthony with the new range in the winery shop. We invite you to come and visit our new range in our new Barker's Foodstore & Eatery here in Geraldine, opening mid September. #throwbackthursday
While the Barker kids loved the home-made swimming pool, the most lucrative and acclaimed invention was the Kent-Barker fireplace. Manufactured and marketed by Kent Heating it was the world’s first efficient wood-burning heater. The unique patented features, including a downward air wash to keep the glass door clean, were adopted by most manufacturers worldwide.