Let me clarify something right up front; Chard Farm is not simply an irritating abbreviation of the grape variety, but an actual farm established by a guy actually named Chard around 150 years ago. To put that in a historical perspective, New Zealand wasn't discovered by the Polynesians until 700 years ago. To put that in a wine-historical perspective; humans have been making wine for 7000 years. While it seems the "old" angle is one of the most popular when it comes to brand building, the credentials of Chard Farm are legitimate and continuous; something that is a more infrequent reality.Read More
The enormity, organization, and appeal of Hong Kong is apparent the moment you exit your plane. Absolutely opposite of natural, physical New Zealand (where I had spent the last 3 months), Hong Kong is instead a powerful symbol of human achievement. Endless skyscrapers of every possible design with food and drink to please every whim or craving. It also boasts an impressive art and musical culture. The efficient movement of a huge population through an equally large space; Hong Kong is the physical manifestation of so many creative and confident souls. The week that I spent exploring doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of a city that evolves faster than anyone can experience it.Read More
Tucked away high up on a North-facing hillside in the relatively tiny sub region of the Central Otago called Wanaka, Dr. Terry Wilson and Dawn found the perfect place to build their home surrounded by soil they hoped would also yield some great fruit. They consulted the exhaustive soil maps and settled on the 4 hectares now planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay over the shingle and clay seams below. On a slope ranging from 350m to 380m above sea level, its one of the highest elevation vineyards in the country.
How lucky that their great vineyard site would be brought to its full potential when their daughter Sarah-Kate grew up to be a wine maker and international wine judgeRead More
It's impossible to talk about Rippon without mentioning the view, so I'll get that out of the way. Its located on the western slope of Lake Wanaka and is known for being the “most photographed vineyard in the world.” Alright, on to the important stuff, wine. One of the first to plant vines with the intention of making wine, Rolfe Mills started experimenting with grapes on this family's farm in 1975, planting over 25 varieties. He moved his family to France and learned hands on how to go about making great wine, returning to the farm in 1982 to begin Rippon in earnest.
From the beginning, they have seen themselves as custodians of the land and soil and have both embraced and become advocates for using biodynamic methods.Read More
Named for the ubiquitous rocks that permeate almost every landscape of New Zealand, Greywacke's wines are anything but. Surrounded by the enormous, large production vineyards and wineries of Marlborough, founder and winemaker Kevin Judd utilizes techniques that would make any board of directors squirm. As a founder and winemaker at Cloudy Bay for over two decades, Judd is no stranger to the increasing presence of big business in the wine industry. Cloudy Bay now produces over 100,000 cases a year and is owned by LVMH the $37 billion luxury brands giant.
Judd left in 2009 after 25 vintages with none of the billions but countless relationships and immense knowledge necessary to create his own company more focused on the wines than the P&L reports.Read More