new zealand

This beautiful country on the opposite side of the world is a relative newcomer in the wine world. Of course, wine has been growing here for a while. But the beginnings of high-quality viticulture were about 30 years ago. In New Zealand, you can find various soils as well drained gravelly, sandy loam, loess over schist rock or fertile volcanic soils which are perfect conditions. The cool temperatures combined with a lot of sunshine are ideal for the cultivation of cool climate grape varieties. When talking about fine wine, today, New Zealand is the synonym for fresh and overwhelmingly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Especially the region of Marlborough is famous for that style of wine. Nowadays, New Zealand winegrowers successfully produce many more styles than the famous Sauvignon Blanc, such as fantastic fruit driven Pinot Noir, full bodied and fresh Chardonnay, rich red Bordeaux varieties and many others.

Amisfield Wine

Amisfield was established in 1988 and is a Central Otago based specialist producer of Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines sourced from fruit grown on their Estate vineyard beneath the Pisa Mountain range in the Cromwell Basin. This privately owned company’s 200ha property, once a prominent high country merino station, is one of the largest single vineyard estates in the Central Otago region. Over 80ha is currently planted with the majority of the vines being over ten years old. Amisfield wines reflect the company’s grape growing and winemaking philosophy underlining faithful expression of site, minimal winemaking intervention and ultimate fruit purity. Stringent yield management practices deliver concentrated fruit flavour, consistency and complexity derived from the range of soils found on the vineyard. A state-of-the-art purpose built winery is the focal point of the vineyard and produces 20,000 -30,000 cases of wine annually. Pinot Noir accounts for over 60% of the production with the balance made up of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling. Wines are showcased at Amisfield’s Lake Hayes Bistro and Cellar Door where more than 50,000 New Zealand and international guests sample the range of vintages every year. Amisfield is an accredited and committed member of the New Zealand Winegrowers’ Sustainable Winegrowing Programme centring on a quality management system and environmental sustainability.

Bishops Head

Bishops Head is a boutique winery in the Waipara Valley at the northern end of the Canterbury Plains, named after the majestic limestone rock-face in their area. Owner Peter Saunders and winemaker Paul Hewett make their wines in a ripe European style, utilising traditional winemaking techniques, but with the natural strengths of the Waipara Valley and emphasised with minimal use of synthetic inputs

Black Cottage

At Black Cottage we are dedicated to producing wines full of ‘gusto’. Combining select parcels of fruit from the Awatere and the Wairau Valleys, we strive to create very special wines which are approachable and delicious. Owner and Winemaker David Clouston, together with Winemaker Sanna Stander mix their European expertise with the best local, delivering bright yet sophisticated examples which are incredibly drinkable. We don’t take ourselves too seriously at Black Cottage but focus on crafting delicious wines that over-deliver. Black Cottage wines are made for great times, sensational food and fantastic friends. From the chaps and cherry of the pinot noir, the zest and zing of the sauvignon blanc, to the salinity and spice of the rosé, enjoy with friends while doing something amazing. Nestled amongst vineyards and olive trees and lying alongside Marlborough’s Opawa River, the black cottage is used to host international guests and friends alike. Days are spent playing croquet, clay bird shooting, cooking fresh fish on the BBQ and drinking delicious wine. The company is fun, life is good. Welcome to Black Cottage… You will not want to leave. CONTACT & SOCIAL: Email: Website: Instagram: @blackcottagewines Facebook: @BlackCottageWinesNZ Twitter: blackcottageNZ

Domain Road

Sheer quality is what Domain Road is about, world-beating Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, while Riesling (dry & off-dry) and Pinot Gris are also excellent. Samples of all 5 are on their way. Prices: 225 NZ dollars per dozen for the Pinot Noir, 150 $ for the whites, all FOB Lyttleton. Graeme and Gillian Crosbie, the owners, are very pro-active, and they spend about 6 weeks every year in Europe visiting clients and holidaying. Their son Steven is working in the Mosel at the moment, he is also a useful resource. I have a small but good client in Belgium who would be interested in ordering EU-based stock, and another possible client in Switzerland.

Felton Road

Felton Road is a small, artisan producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Established in 1991, and investing heavily in meticulous biodynamic viticultural practices (Demeter certified), Felton Road has quickly gained a reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading premium wine producers. The refined and harmonious wines can be found in over 35 countries throughout the world. The four estate vineyards are all located in Central Otago’s Bannockburn sub-region. 32 ha of vines are planted with an additional 30 ha utilised for grazing goats, sheep, cattle and chickens; and growing various crops for compost, mulch and winter animal feed. The winemaking maintains an emphasis on natural winemaking in a gravity flow winery: practices such as wild yeasts and an absence of fining and filtration are hallmarks of Felton Road’s wines. From the first vintage in 1997, Felton Road’s wines have attracted international enthusiasm for their ability to show clarity of place over a winemaker fingerprint. Winemaker Blair Walter and viticulturist Gareth King attribute the high quality and individuality to the distinct Central Otago soils and climate, the north-facing hillside vineyard sites, and meticulous care of the vines with an emphasis on an understanding of each unique location.

Greenhough Wines

Greenhough is located in Hope, near Nelson at the top of New Zealand's South Island. In late 1990, Andrew Greenhough and Jenny Wheeler moved to Nelson - from Auckland - to embark on a new challenge and way of life. The four hectare property they bought had been established much earlier (1976) as a small vineyard and winery and it was here that the apprenticeship in viticulture and winemaking began. In the intervening years the home property has been expanded to 11 hectares, the original plantings largely redeveloped and the winery modernised. A small block of much valued Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc vines, now over 35 years old, remains. Over time there has been a need for growth. Rather than purchase fruit from grape growers on a contract basis, it has been the policy to establish stable, long-term relationships with selected land owners. This arrangement has provided access to varied and interesting sites together with a large measure of control in terms of the choice of planting material, vineyard layout and on-going seasonal management. Two separate sites have been established in this way since 2000 adding a further eight hectares of vineyards. Our winemaking is premised on fruit quality, preserved and sensitively influenced. It is an approach which balances technology and intuition. The objective is to make wines with clear varietal character, expressive of our vineyard sites and our approach to winemaking. Vineyard management is meticulous and labour intensive reflecting our belief that it is here that wine quality is first established. Vines are grafted to phylloxera resistant, devigourating rootstocks while the mix of clonal material has evolved to better suit specifics of site and wine quality or style. An increase in plant density form less than 2000, (in the original vineyard blocks), to more than 5000 per hectare has also played an important part in the drive for balanced vines, lower yields and improved fruit quality. Most varieties are pruned hard, to either a single or double cane, and trained to a simple canopy of vertically positioned shoots (VSP). Pinot Noir vines are now spur pruned. This is the first step to moderating crop while the open canopy allows penetration of sunlight and ventilation, crucial to fruit character and disease control. Throughout the growing season, shoot thinning and positioning, leaf and lateral removal, fruit thinning and grooming and finally hand harvest are all aimed at advancing the harvest of evenly ripened fruit in optimum condition. Developing from our belief in sustainable practices we introduced an organic management programme in late 2008 with the Hope Vineyard gaining full BioGro certification in 2011. The Morison Vineyard has followed in 2014. The winery has also been BioGro certified and our first releases of our first organic Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from vintage 2012 will be followed with Sauvignon Blanc from 2014.

Marlborough Wine Ltd. Toi Toi Wines

Established in 1994 Whitehaven Wine Company is the realisation of Sue and Greg White’s vision to create a renowned and award-winning winery in the heart of Marlborough New Zealand. Today the company is headed by Sue White who continues the dream she and her late husband shared. Whitehaven is a family owned company and its wines are available worldwide. The company’s winemaking philosophy is centered on the pursuit of quality without compromise, with a singular vision of consistently creating premium wines from 100% Marlborough fruit and in the classic Marlborough style. With vineyards in all three of Marlborough’s sub-regions our winemakers can take advantage of sub-regional diversity and Marlborough’s exceptional terroir. A small series of wines are handcrafted from outstanding parcels of fruit identified by our winemakers as exhibiting exceptional varietal character. This is the Whitehaven ‘Greg’ single vineyard series hand crafted in honor of Whitehaven’s founder Greg White. Our Cellar Door at the Vines Village in Rapaura gives visitors to Marlborough an opportunity to experience Whitehaven’s wines and philosophies.

Mission Estate

The oldest winery in New Zealand, Mission Estate was established in 1851 by French Marist missionaries who sailed to New Zealand with little more than their faith and a few vines – and we have been leading the way ever since. Mission Estate was amongst the first producers of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir in New Zealand. Mission Estate led the way in hiring New Zealand’s first qualified Winemaker and was the first to Barrel ferment Chardonnay in 1983. It is this pioneering spirit that has established Mission Estate as a New Zealand icon. La Grande Maison, the Mission House, is a major tourist destination and the wines are favourites of wine enthusiasts the world over.

No.1 Family Estate

The renowned French Winemaker family Le Brun had one goal: They wanted to prove that New Zealand is the perfect place to produce high end quality sparkling wines. Daniel Le Brun has been called the Grandfather of Méthode Traditionelle in New Zealand. Daniel is involved in every stage of creating the wines and is somewhat of a perfectionist, never wavering in his commitment to creating wine the way he learned from his father in Champagne. “Since our first vines were planted, we have created wines that rival the best in the world using methods perfected over 12 generations by our family in Champagne. We are the only winery in New Zealand committed exclusively to producing premium Méthode Traditionelle wine and every bottle we create honours our pursuit of excellence and joie de vivre.”


Experience the unique aromatic expression that is surprising, delighting and captivating wine lovers the world over. This new wine-growing region is woven around the community of Ōhau, in the lower North Island of New Zealand, and situated on the river’s gravel stone remnants. Ōhau Wines is the first wine producer to plant in this fledging region, producing award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The Tararua Ranges provide a stunning backdrop to the 40-hectare vineyard. This vast mountain wilderness has been designated a recreational and nature reserve. The vineyard has access to an artesian water supply direct from the ranges, providing some of the most pure water New Zealand has to offer. Our innovative team includes leading winemaker Jane Cooper. Since our first vintage in 2009, the team has been recognised through a series of domestic and international awards across multiple vintages.

Pegasus Bay

Pegasus Bay was established by the Donaldson family who were pioneers of the Canterbury wine industry. Professor Ivan Donaldson, a consultant neurologist, planted one of the region’s first vineyard in the mid 1970’s. Ivan quickly saw the huge potential for grape growing in the region and in 1985 established what is now Pegasus Bay’s home vineyard in the Waipara Valley of North Canterbury, along with his wife Christine and their four sons. There are now eight family members working in key rolls within the winery. The estate’s primary focus is Pinot Noir and Riesling. The home vineyard was planted on the north facing terraces of the Waipara Valley on free draining river gravels. The site is ultra-low yielding and produces fruit of rare concentration. Structure and texture however are hallmarks of the estate’s highly individual wines. The home vineyard is now 32 years old where the fruit is exclusively sourced.

Te Mata

Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke’s Bay vineyards. Over the last forty years Te Mata Estate has established an internationally-recognised array of red and white wines including Coleraine, Awatea, Bullnose Syrah, Elston Chardonnay, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc and, released in 2009, Zara Viognier. Today, Te Mata Estate is recognized as one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wine producers, making nearly 40,000 cases a year of premium wine and exporting to over 42 countries.

Trinity Hill

The Trinity Hill story began in 1987 when John Hancock met Robert and Robyn Wilson in their London restaurant Bleeding Heart. Over a bottle of John's award-winning Chardonnay, the concept of a Hawkes Bay winery was born. They were convinced they could produce world-class red wines as well as white in this region of New Zealand. John recognised the outstanding potential of Hawkes Bay's Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district and in 1993 Trinity Hill became one of the region's early pioneers, planting grape vines on a barren plot on the former bed of the Ngaruroro River. The traditional Hawkes Bay grape varieties of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were planted. Convinced the terroir was equally suited to Southern European grape varieties, Syrah and Viognier were also planted and were followed by experimental plantings of Tempranillo, Arneis and Montepulciano. By 1996 they produced the first small vintage on off-site premises. And in 1997 Stage 1 of The Winery was built on its current site on State Highway 50 and completed in time for the 1997 vintage. The Cellar Door was also established and Pinot Gris vines were planted in front of the winery. Winemaking facilities combining the traditional with the modern are incorporated in the completion of the Barrel Hall in 1998. A large tract of land around and up the valley behind the winery has been landscaped and the maturing gardens became a popular picnic area, offering a peaceful retreat and excellent rural views. The first Gimblett Road wines, barrel-aged, were released in 1998 (vintage 1997); Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and Syrah, to critical acclaim and a number of gold medals and trophies. In 2000, a further 20 hectare parcel of prime Gimblett Gravels land was purchased, named "Gimblett Stones" where Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot plus areas of Tempranillo, Syrah and Viognier were planted. By 2001 The Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association was set up with 34 wineries and winegrowers from a "terroir"-defined area of the old Ngaruroro Riverbed, including Gimblett Road. Trinity Hill was and remains a founding member. In 2002, the first vintage super-premium wine Homage Syrah was made. When it was released in 2004 it received critical acclaim world-wide. The 2006 vintage of Homage Syrah won the Supreme Award at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in 2007. And the story continues… About John Hancock John is President and Founder and an owner of Trinity Hill. He is one of the most charismatic personalities in the New Zealand Wine Industry with more than 35 years of experience in New Zealand, Australia and France, He graduated from the noteable Roseworthy College in South Australia in 1973. As founding winemaker for one of New Zealand’s early wine successes, Morton Estate, John produced a number of award-winning wines, including the best Chardonnay in the World at the 1997 Wine Magazine’s International Wine Challenge. His subsequent experience working with top wine houses in the Rhone and Burgundy, has been a touchstone of wine styles to come from Trinity Hill; respect for the old, tempered with belief in the new. His vintages at Tain L'Hermitage in the Rhone with the late Gerard Jaboulet were the genesis of the now iconic Trinity Hill Homage Syrah. John continues to be the "face" of Trinity Hill as he travels around the globe and New Zealand promoting Trinity Hill wines and the wines of Hawkes Bay and New Zealand in general. He is a senior wine judge in wine shows throughout New Zealand. Warren Gibson Warren was educated at Massey University, New Zealand, and at Roseworthy College, South Australia. (He is still a proud enough Kiwi to outwardly follow the NZ cricket team!) He began his winemaking career in New Zealand in 1986 with John at Morton Estate, subsequently travelling the world as a Flying Winemaker, including vintages in Australia, Italy, Hungary, France and California. It was there that a Chardonnay he made was awarded white wine of the year at the 1997 International Wine Challenge. When Trinity Hill was established in 1997, Warren rejoined John to work along side him. The vintages he has produced since then leave no doubt that he has truly earned the accolades of New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, from Winestate Magazine in 2005, and Winemaker of the Year Winemaker Award at the Mercedes Benz Hawkes Bay Wine Show in 2006. Warren also manages Trinty Hill’s viticultural team and vineyards. His oversight has led to ongoing improvements and growth in our vineyards to support his aspirations in the winery. Since 1998, Warren has been a regular judge at all of his country’s major wine shows including being a regular “Cuisine” magazine panellist. He was an international guest judge of the National Wine Show of Australia (Canberra) in 2010.

Two Rivers

Two Rivers takes its name from the iconic rivers that feed Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere Valleys. Owner and Winemaker David Clouston grew up in Marlborough, where his family have farmed for five generations. Energetic and talented, his experience – hard-earned over 25 vintages worldwide – is the driving force behind Two Rivers. David harness’ Marlborough’s intense fruit flavours, while producing elegant wines with purity and a sense of place. Many Two Rivers wines are sourced from grapes grown on the clay soils of Brookby Hill Vineyard in the Southern Valleys sub region of Marlborough. Winemaking techniques include natural fermentation, aging in concrete egg tanks and clay amphoras and bottling wine unfined and unfiltered to retain complexity and texture. David spent three vintages on the French island of Corsica. Here he became passionate about producing rosé and today his Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Rosé, named as a tribute to the island of Corsica, is championing rosés around the world. The Rosé is Mediterranean in style but uses Marlborough’s fruit-driven grapes. David’s heroic approach to making rosé uses many varieties from grapes grown on plots dedicated to serious rosé production. This makes for a distinctive, dry, vibrant, salmon-coloured rosé for which Two Rivers is celebrated. CONTACT & SOCIAL: Email: Website: Instagram: @tworiversmarlborough Facebook: @TwoRiversOfMarlborough Twitter: @TwoRiversWineNZ

Weaver Estate

Weaver Estate Wines is a vineyard and winery located in the Alexandra Basin of Central Otago, with the first plantings in 2005. Our family has a long history in the area dating back to the 1860’s when Weavers first arrived in Alexandra following the Gold Rush of the time. The single vineyard is 3.5ha, planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris & Pinot Blanc. We are fully accredited and operating under ‘Sustainable Winegrowing’ practices and all vineyard work is carried out by family & friends. Our Winemakers Jess & Kilian are establishing our full winery on site, producing high quality wines, using new & innovative winemaking techniques and ideas gained through their travels and overseas wine experiences. Jess Weaver, is the sixth generation of the family living in Central Otago and has a passion for winemaking. Jess completed a Bachelor degree of Viticulture & Oenology at Lincoln University. Kilian Kleine-Tebbe, of Germany, is the partner of Jess and a qualified winemaker with numerous overseas vintage experiences, he has a focus on white wine production. The Weaver family is very excited about working in this industry & aiming to produce the highest quality, hand crafted wines that express our unique site, just a stone throw from the Clutha River where our family mining claims once were. Our unique site produces wines with very typical Alexandra fruit characteristics and flavours. The Central Otago region is known as the hottest & driest in the summer months, while being the coldest in the winter months of all New Zealand wine regions. It is also the region of the southern-most vineyards in the world, located at the 45th Parallel. In September 2011 we opened the doors to our tasting room to the public, this is situated in our rustic shed at the vineyard. Weaver Estate Wines 381 Alexandra-Clyde Rd PO Box 502, Alexandra 9340 +64 3 448 6335


Established in 1994 Whitehaven Wine Company is the realisation of Sue and Greg White’s vision to create a renowned and award-winning winery in the heart of Marlborough New Zealand. Today the company is headed by Sue White who continues the dream she and her late husband shared. Whitehaven is a family owned company and its wines are available worldwide. The company’s winemaking philosophy is centered on the pursuit of quality without compromise, with a singular vision of consistently creating premium wines from 100% Marlborough fruit and in the classic Marlborough style. With vineyards in all three of Marlborough’s sub-regions our winemakers can take advantage of sub-regional diversity and Marlborough’s exceptional terroir. A small series of wines are handcrafted from outstanding parcels of fruit identified by our winemakers as exhibiting exceptional varietal character. This is the Whitehaven ‘Greg’ single vineyard series hand crafted in honor of Whitehaven’s founder Greg White. Our Cellar Door at the Vines Village in Rapaura gives visitors to Marlborough an opportunity to experience Whitehaven’s wines and philosophies.

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