Man of War Vineyards, Waiheke Island
Rippon Vineyard, Central Otago
In November 2007 the Circle of Wine Writers made two week trip to the vineyards and wineries of New Zealand. Apart from getting ourselves there the trip was very generously sponsored by the New Zealand Winegrowers.
It proved to be an amazing trip starting in Auckland towards the top of North Island and finishing in Otago before a final evening at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in Christchurch. Unfortunately in terms of reciprocal coverage this trip came a year or two too early before the widespread adoption of blogs, Facebook and Twitter meaning that our visit to New Zealand didn’t get the exposure it really deserved. For instance, I didn’t launch my Jim’s Loire blog for another nine months – end of August 2008.
Time, then, for some pictorial memories. This week – North Island
Timo Jokinen (CWW) with Milan Brajkovich (Kumea River)
Historic Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay
established in 1851
John Buck, Te Mata, Hawkes Bay
Tim Turvey, Clearview, Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay vineyard
John Hancock, Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay
Martinborough – Larry McKenna’s Escarpment Vineyard
James and Annie Millton, Millton Vineyard, Gisborne
New Zealand’s Chenin Blanc champion – long-time biodynamic producer