Lure of the Vines

One Eyed Focus

I have an old boyfriend to thank for introducing me to the wonderful world of wine. I was in my late teens, away studying at Massey University, when I first discovered a real appreciation for wine and how complex and fascinating a good bottle could be. 

I was intrigued by the flavours, the whole winemaking process and the stories on the back of the bottle.  I was hooked!  I knew then that I wanted to be a part of this world and I moved to Australia to study wine at the southern hemisphere’s premier wine school, Roseworthy College.

Around the same time my parents, ever the entrepreneurs, invested in a vineyard in Langhorne Creek, South Australia.  After a few years of observing what they did in Australia, they took the plunge and bought a bare block of land in the Awatere Valley, then a little known sub region of NZ’s most famous wine region, Marlborough.  A caravan was put onsite and they, along with my youngest sister Wendy, set about planting 11.25ha of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir on what was to turn out to be a very special site.

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