Sherry Valley Apiaries was set up by Jeffrey Lukey in 1979 as a hobby. The business expanded into a full time operation around 1998, spreading from western Nelson into Marlborough and the Sounds.
Our hives are located from St Arnaurd in the south through to Kenepuru Sound in the north.
We started the Sherry Valley Gold label for our honey which has been very successful. Pre 1980s honey was sold based on colour but Jeff decided to sell his honey by variety, such as, clover, Manuka etc. This is now the norm throughout New Zealand.We still sell blends where the honey is multi-floral, such as, forest and field and a native blend.
We have three staff running our Marlborough operation. Jimmy, head beekeeper, who is helped by Ilona and Matt. On the Nelson side, Jeff, Derek, Michael and Stu run the hives during the spring season through to Christmas. Jeff and Michael then move to our Contract Honey Extraction shed at Sherry River, Nelson for the rest of the season. We also have seasonal staff helping in the honey shed during the summer.