Two Paddocks

Founded in 1993 with a small 2ha vineyard in Gibbston Valley, we now have a total of 15 ha with a further two vineyards in the Alexandra Basin. Our focus is primarily on Pinot Noir, but we also produce a small quantity of Riesling. Our Two Paddocks single vineyard wines, First Paddock and Last Chance Pinot Noirs are all estate grown, whilst Picnic, our diminutive second label, is a regional Central Otago blend. We are dedicated to sustainable production, with our vineyards managed under SWNZ certification. Winemaker: Dean Shaw, The Central Otago Wine Company.

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News

Pigging Out

[21 September 2016] A dirty weekend and its consequences.

The Winery

[15 September 2016] Vintage Update

The Sheep Whisperer

[14 September 2016] Himself.

Two Paddocks Soap

[13 September 2016] Something neither you nor we expected. Ever.

Fruling In Die Viehweide

[12 September 2016] Or Spring in die Paddocks to you.

TP Top 10 Tunes #93

[10 July 2016] Ben Quilty: Artist, Activist.

Sausage Sizzle

[9 July 2016] So Saucisson.

Olive Oil

[7 July 2016] Organic, dark green, mysterious.

HDigging Down and Dirty

[18 May 2016] Worm wonderland.

Hurrah!

[26 April 2016] Vintage 2016 all in, all up, all great. (...if a little small).

TP Top 10 Tunes #92

[20 April 2016] Mr. James Reyne OAM

New Reviews

[18 April 2016] Praise indeed.

Le Foundeur -- Le Comte Gerald Deux-Paddeaux

[16 April 2016] History reveals the ancient origins of Two Paddocks.

High on the Hog

[19 March 2016] Video--on the pig's back.

Prop Spotted with a Glass of Wine

[11 January 2016] Quel suprise.

TP Top 10 Tunes #91

[11 January 2016] Mr. Toby Stephens

A Wine Lesson from History

[3 December 2015] Or not ...

Two Paddocks Pop Up Cellar Door

[2 December 2015] Opening January 2016 ...

Budburst

[13 October 2015] At last ...

The Fecund Ms Poots

[7 October 2015] And her brood.

The Prop and His Music

[23 September 2015] Almost sounds like he knows of what he speaks ... briefly.

I.P.N.C. -- The Movie

[21 September 2015] Jeremie Sery's documentary of our trip to Oregon.

Helena Bonham Carter's new baby!

[18 September 2015] Mother and calf doing well.

Team TP Top 10, #90

[1 September 2015] Sarah Walker, Broadcaster

Our Foray To The Oregon InternationalPinot Celebration 2015

[31 August 2015] Jacqui Murphy's Management Log - filing from TP HQ

Top Ten Tunes #89

[25 August 2015] Charles Dance...

Top Ten Tunes #88

[19 August 2015] Bern Gorman...

Wine Without Any Worry At All

[14 August 2015] With no worries Jameson...

Blog on Blog

[11 August 2015] Sometimes other people's blogs say it all...

The Odyssey

[4 August 2015] Our most ambitious flick yet...

Horror, Wine and The Prop

[31 July 2015] Not necessarily in that order...

Team TP Top 10 #87

[8 July 2015] Rhys Darby, Comedian, Actor

Rhys Darby

[8 July 2015] The bullock...

Olive Oil!

[22 May 2015] Is there no end to our resourcefulness?

TROPHY!

[22 May 2015] And medals galore!

New MaxiMovie

[9 May 2015] Vintage 2015

The Prop Fronts Up

[26 April 2015] On "The Weekly with Charlie Pickering."

All Done!

[1 May 2015] At last...

New Labour

[29 March 2015] New vintage. Everyone works!

The Prop Talks...

[4 April 2015] ...to Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand.

Ram on the Lam

[9 April 2015] Delinquency Drama.

Vintage 2015

[13 April 2015] Here we go.

Team TP Top 10 #86

[24 March 2015] Nick Ryan, Wine Writer

Looking Back While Looking Forward

[16 February 2015] Not so much a Maoist slogan, more a Two Paddocks mantra...

Team TP Top 10 #83

[17 February 2015] Tim Atkin MW, Wine Writer, Judge, Broadcaster and Photographer

The Prop Acquires an Office

[18 February 2015] Uber cool. 1982 Airstream.

Animalia and the Two Paddocks Farm

[24 February 2015] Baa baa moo moo quack quack oink oink ...

Talking Prop

[25 February 2015] The Prop gives an interview. Recommends which wine he’d pour out for The Godfather‘s Vito Corleone...

Team TP Top 10 #84

[26 February 2015] Mike Bennie, Wine Writer, Journalist, Online Personality, Electrician

Immodest Distinction

[2 March 2015] Good marks and loving it from Cameron Douglas MS

Team TP Top 10 #85

[10 March 2015] Mandy McElhinney, Actress

Team TP Top Ten #82: Noah Taylor, Actor

[10 November 2014] You know him from Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders...

More Candidness ... Candidity ... Candidiziness ... Oh, What's the Word?

[17 August 2014] The Prop gets mildly shickered at famous London eatery.

Stephen Tanzer Results

[30 September 2014] Good reviews. Cute piggies.

The Year of the Lamb

[18 October 2014] Results just in.

Team TP Top Ten #81: Sean Pertwee, Actor

[4 November 2014] Currently starring in the biffo box office telly smash hit, Gotham....

Nigels United

[8 August 2014] Central mission.

The Prop Answers Your Questions

[3 August 2014] Read the shocking candour.

Liam Neeson is a Fan

[30 June 2014] Our Pinot, and the finer things in life.

New Lifeforms in the Vineyard

[26 June 2014] If anyone says "cute," that’s trouble right there.

Parental Control

[25 June 2014] In the world of the Pig, sometimes a father needs to take control...

Love in a Cool Climate

[5 June 2014] Look Away Children

Trophy!

[25 May 2014] From the International Wine Challenge!

Team TP Top Ten #80

[24 May 2014] Johnny Marr, Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Two Paddocks Wins! -- Success in London

[7 May 2014] Two gold medals...

The The Fusilier -- Faugh-a-Ballagh

[11 April 2014] The sign is up on the new vineyard...

Vintage Vintage

[8 April 2014] All by hand.

New Wine. New Movie.

[4 April 2014] New MAXiMOViE and newly released Proprietor's Reserve First Paddock wine!

Wine Baby

[3 April 2014] Is it something in the wine?

Two Dogs

[31 March 2014] Canines I have Loved and canines I have Lost...

Team TP Top Ten #79 -- Temuera Morrison, Actor

[10 March 2014] This week, by popular demand, direct from Rotorua...

The Eagle Has Landed

[2 March 2014] The Prop finally undercover...

Into the Wild -- Downtime. Or uptime, if you will. Dreamtime perhaps.

[28 February 2014] Fish story? We have pictures...

Team TP Top Ten #78 -- Phil O'Brien, Vintage DJ

[24 February 2014] Host of the sensationally brilliant Matinee Idle radio broadcast...

Peaches for Pigs -- Best time of the year

[21 February 2014] Pigs get in line behind the staff...

New Yard -- Vibrant!

[14 February 2014] It's offical...

Hog Blog: Pigs in Paradise

[19 January 2014] Cherry-picking pigs ...

Dam Treated with Respect it Deserves

[17 January 2014] It was the perfect summer day...

New Two Paddocks Vineyard! -- Proprietor goes crazy! In the right way.

[16 January 2014] In the world of Believe-It-or-Not, this takes some beating.

Cows: The Next Generation

[16 December 2013] In a galaxy not far away...

Larry Live -- The maestro has landed.

[8 December 2013] Mentor Larry McKenna pays a visit...

From the Prop's Very Quill

[25 November 2013] The Prop writes again for that august British organ, The Spectator...

Two Paddocks T-Shirts 2013

[25 November 2013] Our latest offical Two Paddocks t-shirts are available now....

Cousins in Wine

[19 November 2013] Thicker than water, not falling far from the tree....

Duck Nests

[13 November 2013] Free-range nexting comes with some risks...

Imogen Poots Has Ten Babies

[4 November 2013] Piglets galore...

Sunday Lunch at Rata

[30 October 2013] If you're in Queenstown on November 10th, join us for lunch with the Prop at Rata. Great food, great wine and lots of wine talk....

All Pigs Are Pigs! -- A rose by any other name...

[28 September 2013] We have a new sow. And a great beauty she is...

Spring. Sprung

[13 August 2013] Born this very day...

New Zealand Conservation Week 2013

[13 August 2013] What's your whānau doing?

Keith -- Milestones and gallstones

[12 August 2013] Keith has a birthday and the cru shapes up...

Team TP Top Ten #76 -- Andrew Denton, Broadcaster, Entrepreneur, Comedian.

[3 August 2013] Who said The Dayglo Disco was dead?

The Glamour, the Glamour -- Getting down with the dirt

[1 August 2013] It’s winter time, and a lot of different jobs take precedence. Among them the wild world of COMPOST...

Simon Succeeds -- Sweet smell of success drifts about vineyards

[22 July 2013] Yes folks, our Simon this year won the coveted Young Viticulturist of the Year in Central Otago...

Plunge into Riesling: A New Microdoodle Movie

[19 June 2013] It stars the veteran thesp, that old hack, the Prop...

Viticulturist In Burgundy -- Mike Wing getting cultured

[7 September 2011] We have word from Mike, who writes: I am at Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron which is in Nuits-Saint-Georges, 10 minutes out of Beaune...

Our Online Shop -- Lordy, Lordy, a long time a-comin'

[5 June 2013] Yes folks, at last it's here, our online shop. ...

Going the Hard Yards for YOU -- Jimmy Nesbitt and The Prop on Quality Control

[30 May 2013] ...the excellent James (Jimmy) Nesbitt came to stay, and we did a little filming...

When Pets Look like Their Owners -- And Vice Versa

[8 May 2013] ...one can't help but notice the uncanny way in which our old boar Kunikuni pig, Angelica, is looking more and more like the Proprietor.

Vintage In -- Game On

[3 May 2013] On the very last day of April, our last grapes have been safely dispatched to the winery...

Pinot Noir 2013: The Aftermath -- The Prop writes for the Spectator

[25 April 2013] Little mention has been made in these pages of the spectacular PINOT NOIR 2013, held in Wellington earlier this year...

Team TP Top Ten #75 -- Charlie Cox, Actor

[21 April 2013] Not just an actor, but a Fab Actor! One of the most interesting actors today, and a lovely bloke to boot...

Colours Galore -- Vintage 2013

[20 April 2013] Redbank vineyard, always spectacular at this time of the year...

First Paddock -- Gold Medal Winner

[6 March 2013] First Paddock shines...

Easter Has Come Early to Earnscleugh -- Excitement in the vineyard

[26 February 2013] Jacque Murphy writes -- All massive toothy grins at the vineyard today...

A Shave and a Haircut -- Stylin’ in the Yards

[16 February 2013] We spruce up our vines with an immaculate trim. Short back and sides....

Bigging Up -- No idle boast

[10 February 2013] We are all pretty tickled pink, here at HQ, having score a terrific hat trick with our three 2010 Pinots...

Team TP Top Ten #74 -- Sarah-Kate Lynch, Novelist, Journalist

[9 February 2013] Welcome the highly original, the uber-glamorous, the hyper-stylish and utterly remarkable Sarah-Kate Lynch...

Pinot 2013

[29 January 2013] Enjoy two videos about our Pinot-producing collegues and friends...

Team TP Top Ten #73 -- Cillian Murphy, Actor

[19 January 2013] It's Happy New Year Time, and our first DJ for 2013 in the Two Paddocks Dayglo Disco is a remarkable actor and a top bloke...

Another Two Paddocks Blockbuster! -- Happy Holidays!

[19 December 2012] So here is our Xmas Special, another No-Expense-Spared MAXiMOViE, Two Paddocks Xmas Two...

The Guru Has Landed -- The Age of Aquarius. Again.

[14 December 2012] Every few months we receive a visit from our friend, mentor and adviser, the Esteemed Wine Guru, Larry McKenna...

More New Kit -- I’m Too Sexy For My Tractor

[12 December 2012] This week we took delivery of a new piece of gear, a State-of-the-Art inter-vine mower...

Movember Results -- Shock Decisions

[10 December 2012] Yes, great relief floods the Paddocks, as the grisly business of Movember is at last over...

Team TP Top Ten #72 -- The Prop: What’s in the Empty Canyons of his Mind Right Now.

[1 December 2012] Songs that you can't get out of your head... in a good way...

November Again -- Spring brings new growth...

[23 November 2012] Yes, it's Spring. The vineyards are vibrant with new growth and the corollary to this is... Movember...

Goodbye Nathan -- The Freefencer Departs

[4 November 2012] Last week, Nathan packed his bags, and set off for the wide wide world...

Lilac -- And Larks

[18 October 2012] For two far too brief weeks in the Spring, our lilac comes powerfully into flower...

Team TP Top Ten #71 -- Imogene Poots, Actor

[16 October 2012] Ladies, Gentlemen and Denizens of the Dayglo! Tonight a True Treasure of the British Cinema...

The Wandering Palate Writes ... -- The Bard of Vino – his work.

[13 October 2012] Curtis Marsh, that splendid figure of the World of Wine, writes about ... us...

Two Paddocks Gold -- In London

[12 October 2012] Well, you know us – we never enter our wine into competition, ever...

COW SHOCK -- Staff Shattered

[6 October 2012] Shakira, our cow, in spite of weeks in the connubial company of our neighbour's bull...

Dress Up Time -- Fancy as ...

[4 October 2012] We have some really old pear trees on the property at Redbank, maybe two dozen of them. Ancient really, as fruit trees go...

Team TP Top Ten #70 -- The Proprietor's Essential Beach Boys

[1 October 2012] Stung by repeated accusations of idleness, the torpid and horizontal Proprietor slouches to the stage...

New Ducks – Indian Runners -- Running from what?

[29 September 2012] Our menagerie of the familiar, but slightly off beat, creatures increased last week when we took home four young Indian Runner Ducks...

In Spring We Plant -- More natives.

[27 September 2012] Yes it's springtime ... lambs abound, the first green shoots are on the trees, the cow may or may not calve...

Team TP Top Ten #69 -- Michael Sheen OBE, Actor

[22 September 2012] This week, one of the most acclaimed and accomplished actors of his generation, or any other generation...

Where To Go In London -- Worth the trip.

[19 September 2012] Today we called by London’s top wine merchants, Haynes Hanson and Clarke, and their smart, chic and friendly establishment in deepest Chelsea...

It’s Lambing Time -- And the weather is pretty nuts.

[14 September 2012] It’s springtime in the vineyards, and our Suffolk ewes are now lambing...

Last Week of Pruning -- Say goodbye to R.S.I.

[11 September 2012] Yes, the team are winding up the very last of the pruning, and here they are at First Paddock, Gibbston...

Tree Chickens -- Highrise aviaries.

[31 August 2012] Our chickens, despite having safe and warm lodgings in the henhouse, seem to prefer to sleep rough...

Ecological Triumph -- This is massive.

[28 August 2012] ...a marvelous thing just today...

Poo Patrol -- No Waste Wasted

[1 August 2012] One of the secrets of our best practices in the vineyard...

Breakfast of Champions -- Breaking Bread with E’sensual

[31 July 2012] In the bleak midwinter, in Central Otago, the wine producers of the fair province of Otago hold a smaller celebration, E’sensual, devoted naturally to Pinot...

Team TP Top Ten #68 -- Vinnie Jones, Footballer, Actor

[12 July 2012] Top 10 from the living vivid legend ...Football Luminary, Hard Man, Really Nice Guy and Movie Star...

The Proprietor’s Cellar -- Musings underground

[8 July 2012] The Prop writes for James Halliday’s Winefront Monthly about his shambolic stash.

Team TP Top Ten #67 - Aneurin Barnard, Actor

[1 July 2012] Tonight in the Two Paddocks Dayglo Disco, special guest DJ, actor and movie star, Aneurin Barnard.

Bon Accord - Reunions des Proprietaires

[23 June 2012] Le Prop, tirelessly globetrotting, presently in the ceaseless pursuit of all things vinous, found himself last week in the Cotes de Provence.

Microdoodle #10 -- Weather Feather

[17 June 2012] The Proprietor feeling on top of the world...

Team TP Top Ten #66 -- Toa Fraser, Director and Playwright

[12 June 2012] One of New Zealand’s finest literary talents, and latterly a major contributor to our National Cinema...

Noble Rot -- Late-harvest Riesling

[8 June 2012] Another first, as far as we are concerned...

Team TP Top Ten #65 -- Lena Headey, Actor

[2 June 2012] Yes punters and puntees, all the way from Hollywood California, and before that, London England, it’s the talented and utterly gorgeous Lena Headey...

How to Stay Warm -- If you happen to be a small pig.

[27 May 2012] We aim to help. For instance, you might just be a small pig ... well, you might be...

Team TP Top Ten #64 -- Roger Donaldson, film director

[19 May 2012] Tonight, a man we’ve known since 1977, since the fateful day when the Prop received a letter...

New Kit -- And caboodle

[16 May 2012] This might look like some prosaic piece of farm gear to you, but...

Piglet Blog -- Ginger a Mum

[14 May 2012] In fact we were beginning to wonder...

Team TP Top Ten #63 -- Jenny Morris, musician

[12 May 2012] Ladies and Gentlemen! I give you fair warning, the next idiot who wolf whistles is out on his ear...

Two Paddocks Riesling -- A great new wine

[9 May 2012] A couple of months ago we quietly released our very first Two Paddocks Riesling...

Team TP Top Ten #62 -- Simon Morris, Broadcaster, Musician

[7 May 2012] Welcome back to the Dayglo Disco, ravers! Sorry we’ve been closed for a couple of weeks...

If You Could Talk to the Animals -- Dr Dooverylittleindeed.

[1 May 2012] Well, some of us do, as it happens...

Rockstar Rocks Up -- From woah to go in six minutes flat.

[29 April 2012] Our new South Suffolk ram arrived this week, seemingly a glad sight for our girls, who haven’t had a boyfriend for ... oh, exactly a year...

Shock Retirement! -- Bob leaves the stage.

[27 April 2012] It is with deep regret we announce the retirement of Bob...

Vintage vintage -- Looking good ...

[24 April 2012] As of Friday, all our grapes are picked, and are now under the tender ministrations of Dean Shaw and his team...

Man and Pig -- Enduring Friendship

[17 April 2012] What do a man and his pig have in common...

Team TP Top Ten #61 -- Emeritus Professor Dr. Michael Neill

[24 April 2012] ...if you want to get an early education in, and appreciation of, good cool music, get an Older Brother...

Vintage Approach -- Almost harvest

[2 April 2012] Mike Wing keeps a close eye on the Hill Block Pinot...

Team TP Top Ten #60 -- Roger Hall CNZM QSO, playwright

[28 March 2012] So now it's time for the rare glimpse of culture we occasionally afford you here in the Dayglo -- culcher to you Rossco -- tonight, all the way from Takapuna, New Zealand’s most successful playwright...

Are You a Wine Expert? -- Mr Clarke asks the hard ones.

[27 March 2012] The excellent John Clarke, of the Parish of Melbourne, puts you to the test...

Team TP Top Ten #59 -- Jonny Coyne, actor

[23 March 2012] Yes, the Prop is back in res after a daring escape from Alcatraz; an epic swim, swatting off sharks like an Aussie bats away flies...

The Proprietor’s Pleasures -- The old sod

[22 March 2012] Yes, the Prop is back in res after a daring escape from Alcatraz; an epic swim, swatting off sharks like an Aussie bats away flies...

Team TP Top Ten #58 -- Benedict Cumberbatch, Actor

[13 March 2012] Today, not just one of the world’s finest actors, but hands down the actor with not only the most difficult name, but simultaneously the most distinguished name ...

Prop Confesses - Startling revelations to reporter from Huffington Post.

[12 March 2012] We don’t normally post articles here on the blog but we make an exception here, because it made the Webmaster chuckle, which is notoriously difficult ...

J’accuse! -- Hauser finds evidence of a crime at New Alcatraz. Jonny ‘Warden James’ Coyne prime suspect.

[10 March 2012] Well, it’s goodbye to Alcatraz, goodbye to Hauser ...

Team TP Top Ten #57 -- Bob Campbell MW, Writer and Educationalist

[9 March 2012] Today, on the decks, please welcome a most distinguished man of letters and booze, a man who has done more to put New Zealand Wine ...

Final Days Shooting -- Alcatraz wraps

[8 March 2012] All cast and crew received a bottle of TP Picnic Pinot, in thanks ...

Team TP Top Ten #56 -- Glenn A. Baker, music writer, broadcaster

[18 February 2012] Tonight’s special guest DJ knows more about rock, and pop, than pretty much anyone else alive. So much so he won "Rock Brain of the Universe" no less than three times on the BBC...

The Piggery -- A time of plenty

[16 February 2012] At this time of the year, our orchards overflow with abundance. And our pigs make ... well ... pigs of themselves...

Team TP Top Ten #55 -- Fred Schepisi AO, Film Director

[11 February 2012] A formidably distinguished Lion of the Cinema, and a Great Australian, and not least an old Two Paddocks friend...

Chicken Licken -- What price liberty?

[10 February 2012] Our chickens, indeed all our fowl, are never caged...

Team TP Top Ten #55 -- Jimmy Barnes, musician

[4 February 2012] Tonight, the house is rockin’ larger than life and considerably more dangerous, a Great Australian, the veritable embodiment of all things rock n’ roll...

Organics at Work -- It may seem like crap to you, but to us it’s gold.

[3 February 2012] We are firm believers here at Two Paddocks in organics and biodynamics. So our cattle, our two miniature Belted Galloways for instance, are not only decorative...

Team TP Top Ten #54 -- Ricky Fataar, musician

[1 February 2012] The Prop almost faints at the very idea -- an actual, real life Beach Boy...

The Distiller at Work -- The finished product...

[31 January 2012] Mike carefully decants Two Paddocks Lavender Oil....

Lads and Lavender -- It’s harvest time again

[30 January 2012] One of the more pleasurable jobs at this time of the year is the harvesting of our lavender. Try to imagine the giddy almost overpowering aromas that the boys are with all that long summer’s day...

Team TP Top Ten #53 -- Tony Backhouse, musician and choirmaster

[25 January 2012] Tonight in the Dayglo Disco one of New Zealand’s (and indeed the World's) finest and most accomplished musicians and singers, a very old chum of The Prop's, and a very fine fellow indeed...

Milestones -- Jolly Good Fellows, etc.

[24 January 2012] Two important milestones last week...

Team TP Top Ten #52 -- Ian McKellen, actor

[21 January 2012] Ladies and Gentlemen! Pray silence in the Dayglo! Be upstanding, if you will, for a Knight of the Realm! Have we ever been grander...

Team TP Top Ten #51 -- Jimmy Nesbitt, actor

[18 January 2012] We welcome the fourth actor from Ireland to grace our decks – count them, and award yourselves ten free points if you’ve got them all...

Ginger and Her Pal -- The romance continues

[17 January 2012] People have been asking us if all is well in the Pig Department, and we are happy to report that all is cordial in the honeymoon paddock...

Team TP Top Ten #50 -- Neil Finn, Musician

[14 January 2012] The great Neil Finn, a man who has transcended the unfortunate misspelling of his first name, and risen from the shibeens of Te Awamutu to grace the stages of the world’s biggest stadiums...

The Proprietor Speaks -- And manages to string together more than two sentences at least.

[13 January 2012] Yes, the 'Man of Few Words' (mainly because he is unable to think of any more), speaks out about no less than this very site that you are perusing right now...

Team TP Top Ten #49 -- Duncan Forsyth, Vigneron

[11 January 2012] Our first guest DJ who actually looks at home in this pleasingly garish environment...

Our Orchards -- It’s cherry time again.

[10 January 2012] At Redbank we have about 20 acres of cherries, and they are close to picking right now...

Team TP Top Ten #47 - Richard E. Grant, actor

[7 January 2012] Without a doubt one of the very best actors of his generation, and a very amusing interesting bloke...

TPHQ Open For Business -- Swing by, why don’t you?

[6 January 2012] We are open at TPHQ, January 4th – March 4th...

Team TP Top Ten #46 - Grahame Sydney, painter

[4 January 2012] A man who has made a most distinguished career painting a once little known corner of New Zealand, and made it famous as a result...

Roses are Red -- Violets are violet, whatever they tell you.

[29 December 2011] One of the enduring legacies at our main vineyard, Redbank, from the days when it was a government research farm for horticulture, are several astounding rows of roses...

Team TP Top Ten #46 - Peter and Margaret Lehmann, Vignerons, Peter Lehmann Wines

[28 December 2011] Here are two people we love and admire here at TPHQ more than we can say ... yes the familiar avuncular presence on my right is of course the one and only Peter Lehmann, widely known as the Baron Of Barossa and to my left...

Team TP Top Ten #45 - Jason O'Mara, actor

[23 December 2011] Here’s a surprise tonight, someone we hardly know really, but we think is terrific, and we suspected would make a top DJ, and by gads we’ve seen his list, and we were right...

Movember -- The Grand Final

[22 December 2011] So, the results, of our November Moustache growing competition for charity ...

Team TP Top Ten #44 -- Lillian Haynes, CEO Northeast Wines and Spirits Hong Kong

[21 December 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight, in the Dayglo, arguably the world’s most glamorous, and nicest, wine distributor ...

Shakira and Boyfriend -- Club Med for Cows

[21 December 2011] This week our cow has gone down the road ...

Team TP Top Ten #43 -- Parminder Nagra, actor

[17 December 2011] All the way from Alcatraz, a surprise and a delight – the lovely and super talented Parminder Nagra...

Redbank Eggs -- All-star breakfast

[16 December 2011] Our fowl are not only decorative, they lay the most superb eggs...

Team TP Top Ten #42 -- Marianne Faithfull, Chanteuse Extraordinaire.

[14 December 2011] Yes here she is, one of the great beauties of our age, a completely remarkable artist, the most delightful company imaginable...

Microdoodle #9: In a One Cow Open Sleigh -- The Two Paddocks Xmas MAXiMOViE

[12 December 2011] Happy holidays and a great New Year from the team at Two Paddocks Wines!

Movember Competition -- A very tight race.

[12 December 2011] So, the moustache-growing competition has run its course, and at the end of last month, the boys manned up with whatever they could muster...

Team TP Top Ten #41 -- Tim Evans, Negociants Australia

[10 December 2011] Our Man at Negociants, Our Man in Australia, Imported Wines National Sales Manager, Tim Evans, a good friend of us here at Two Paddocks...

Christmas Time Again -- At least some of us are reasonably sure of that.

[08 December 2011] We like to get the formalities of the holidays done and dusted ahead of the rush at H.Q. ...

Team TP Top Ten #40 -- Bryan Brown, A.O., Antopodean Thespian, and Producer

[07 December 2011] Laaadies and Gentlemen! Tonight, flown directly from NYC and the set of The Good Wife, a very special Dayglo guest, arguably the Prop's closest friend...

New Pig Arrives -- Dreams come true for bachelors?

[04 December 2011] Our boy pig Angelica had his prayers answered this week when a potential girlfriend alighted gracefully in his paddock. After a bit of a push ...

Team TP Top Ten #39 -- Special guest, Jim Eustice of Hayes, Hanson and Clark, Wine Merchants

[03 December 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Today, the Quiet Man of Wine, Gentleman Jim Eustace is here, rocking the house and bustin’ his moves!

Team TP Top Ten #38 -- Special guest, EJ Barnes, chanteuse

[30 November 2011] In the House tonight, an old young friend, the delightful and beautiful EJ Barnes!

The Local Bar -- 8 Young Lane, Neutral Bay, Sydney

[28 November 2011] A bunch of us opened a new bar, a new venture for all of us, in Sydney this week ...

Team TP Top Ten #37 -- Special guest Roi Colbert, humourist, writer and critic.

[26 November 2011] ...Yes, I believe I see one at the back, a small but impressive gentleman from Dunedin, making his way to the stage, a familiar figure ... wait while I put on my glasses ... yes, I’m right, it’s the man who gives a good name to Dunedin ...

Shoot Thinning -- Sit up now class!

[25 November 2011] At this time of year every vine is carefully, painstakingly shoot thinned by hand ...

Team TP Top Ten #36 -- Guest DJ Wine Writer and Commentator, The Wandering Menace, Curtis Marsh.

[23 November 2011] One of the Great Men of Wine, Curtis Marsh, has been based in Honkers and now in Singapore for many years now, and when he’s not clubbing here at the Dayglo, he devotes his time to exploring the world of wine...

Spring at Alex -- Something in the air...

[20 November 2011] Frosts aside (and we have been fighting our share, and have sustained some losses), it's springtime and the world in the vineyards is full of new life and promise. ...

Team TP Top Ten #35 -- Special Guest DJ Oscar Kightley, MNZM.

[19 November 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! On your feet, if you please, for a great New Zealander, and simultaneously a great Samoan! Yeah! I know ... crazy but true ...

Team TP Top Ten #34 -- Special Guest Winemaker and Diva from Neudorf, Judy Finn

[17 November 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight in the Dayglo Disco, Club Two Paddocks, special guest New Zealand Wine Legend Judy Finn ...

Scarlett Johansson has a Chick -- Benedict Cumberbatch the father. Probably.

[16 November 2011] Just the one. And here they are...

Movember -- Naked lips.

[14 November 2011] It has become a tradition in New Zealand that in November men grow moustaches to raise money to fight prostate cancer...

Team TP Top Ten #33 -- Special guest DJ, thespian legend, Alan Rickman, star of Bottleshock (Just to show this is in some small way connected to wine.)

[12 November 2011] Yes it's Alan Rickman. Yes, it's the man who brought you Snape in Harry Potter (if you're under 20), Valmont in the RSC's Dangerous Liaisons (if you are grown up), the bad guy in Die Hard, he IS Colonel Brandon ...

The Social Life of the Menagerie -- All you need is love.

[11 November 2011] Mike managed to capture the moment when Lady Caine gave Angelica a big kiss...

Mike’s Mountains -- The fascinating world of composting.

[10 November 2011] We are devotees of good soil health to ensure we make healthy wines from healthy vines...

Microdoodle #8 -- Smoko with Bob

[6 November 2011] At Two Paddocks, good staff relations are all about good communication...

Team TP Top Ten #32 -- Special guest DJ, Diesel

[5 November 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Today, and all night too, right here in your favourite limegreen and agent orange Dayglo Disco ... none other than our good Two Paddocks friend, the one and only Mark Lizotte -- aka DIESEL! ...

We travel. You travel. -- Two Paddocks travels.

[3 November 2011] If in any way you might find Singapore compelling, as we do, you might find this article interesting ...

Team TP Top Ten #31 -- Ridiculously funny, alarmingly intelligent, abundantly charming, actor, producer, director, author, satirist, comedian -- Stephen Fry

[29 October 2011] Tonight, all the way from sunny Norwich, flown in at gaggingly high cost on Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (First Class --So good, you never sleep). The Most Loved Man in Television and Film, and pretty much any other medium yet devised ...

Lord Julian Fellowes Looking for Work -- Our office workers harassed.

[28 October 2011] Lord Julian Fellowes and his harem of four have stayed around the farm, favouring the nectarine block and the dam in particular ...

Team TP Top Ten #30 -- Two Paddocks All Rounder and Redbank Farmster, Keith Robertson.

[26 October 2011] Ladies aanndd Gentlemen! Yes, we know you are still reeling from Bob’s radical DJ session, but we haven't finished with you yet! You knew it had to be ... yes, Keith, Keith, Keith ... cometh the hour, cometh the man ...

Team TP Top Ten #29 -- The suave savage actor, star of stage and screen: Steven Weber

[23 October 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Duck! Here he is, the Wild Man of Twitter, the Indoors Man of Bel Air, the Human Contortionist of Brooklyn, the Veteran of the Catskills, the Family Man, The Star of Wings, Humorist, Poet, Political Commentator ...

Picnic -- What it's all about.

[22 October 2011] Some friends from Croatia send a letter and pics of their perfect picnic with Picnic. A picnic with everything. Lovely...

Team TP Top Ten #28 -- Jane Jackson, National Retail Sales Manager, Negotiants

[19 October 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Direct from Herne Bay, our favourite Auckland Bopster: a menace on the dance floor, a terror on the road (white GTI wheels, natch) Jane "Twister" Jackson...

Microdoodle #7: A Case of You

[15 October 2011] Welcome to HQ, come on in...

Team TP Top Ten #27 -- Actor, wine lover, bon viveur, raconteur and competitive dancer, Willem Dafoe.

[15 October 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! In the house! Direct from the clubs of Rome, and originally Studio 54, our old friend DJ DAFOE! ...

Save a Kiwi, Eat a Frog -- Mike Wing reports on his exchange visit to France.

[13 October 2011] I have returned from the land of great cheap cheese and endless wine to superb cheap homebrew beer and endless rugby world cup media ...

Seasonal Delights -- The Upside of Spring

[10 October 2011] No, spring really is a wonderful time of the year, the boy's shorts not withstanding, and here is some proof of that ...

Team TP Top Ten #26 - Vinous genius, Dean Shaw

[8 October 2011] Our DJ today -- our winemaker since 1999, our partner in the Central Otago Wine Company, and friend for all of that time, Dean is the original rock’n’roll winemaker ...

Seasonal Horror -- Look away now if you are faint of heart!

[4 October 2011] While Spring in the vineyard has much to recommend it – lambs, cherry blossom, green shoots on the vines and so on, there are inevitably things that we positively dread ...

Team TP Top Ten #25 -- Special Guest, Wine Loving DJ, the Stunning and Unique Toni Collette.

[1 October 2011] Ladies aaanndd Gentlemen! Today, in the Two Paddocks Disco Inferno, one of the really Great Actors of our time! Toni Collette ...

Team TP Top Ten #24 - Liam Neeson, OBE, Special Guest DJ, Acting Legend and Pinot Dude.

[27 September 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! He’s here. Our friend and colleague, all the way from Ballymena via NYC (the long way), and now here, in the Two Paddocks Disco Inferno: Liam Neeson...

Microdoodle 6 -- The End of the World

[25 September 2011] In a sea of thyme, the Proprietor teeters on the edge of oblivion....

Team TP Top Ten #23 -- Special RWC2011 Guest DJ All Black Great, and semi-great ballroom dancer, Josh Kronfeld.

[24 September 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Today, a special World Cup appearance, spinning the discs -- All Black immortal Josh Kronfeld! Not just one of the greatest flankers of our time, but one of the great AB dancers...

Team TP Top Ten #22 -- Nathan Corlett, Two Paddocks’ Viticulture Young Gun, Tractor Expert and Bathroom Singer.

[20 September 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Nathan is in the House! Now look, we make no promises here, and we cannot vouchsafe what is to follow. We DO know that when Nathan arrives at work, the car is cranking doof doof, doof doof,...

28 Lambs Later -- Keith very happy.

[18 September 2011] After the autumnal rapine and pillage in the ewe's paddock by the infamous sex-crazed maniac George Gleegun, our lambs arrived at least three weeks ahead of schedule...

Team TP Top Ten #21 -- Clive Weston, GM of Negociants NZ, Two Paddocks splendid NZ Distributor

[17 September 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! In the House, for your Old Time, Anytime's the Right Time, Big Time Timeless Dancing and Listening Pleasure, The Man himself ... Not just the nicest man in NZ Wine, but easily the tallest...

Seasons -- An upside down world.

[14 September 2011] Mike Wing, Le Viticulturist de Deux Paddox, is enjoying an Indian Summer in Burgundy, having escaped winter at Redbank...

Team TP Top Ten #20 -- Sean Moran, chef, gardener, restauranter, and Special Guest DJ, exclusive and live from Bondi Beach!

[13 September 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! One of the World's Great Chefs, and one of the World's Worst Singers! Sean Moran! Yes, it's Seany himself from Sean's Panaroma...

Upgrading Top 10s -- We work 24/7 for your benefit on this blog

[11 September 2011] For those, and they are legion, who follow our Top 10 Disco section, please note that for easy browsing we have retrospectively provided YouTube links for everything we can ...

Team TP Top Ten #19 -- Thespian, and retired Two Paddocks ram, Tim Spall

[10 September 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Two Paddocks proudly presents, here in the Dayglo Disco, on the turntables and occasionally the vibraphone, not just perhaps England’s Finest Actor, but also its most persistent! Star of the Potter flicks ...

Team TP Top Ten #18 -- Jancis Robinson -- Oenophile, Critic, Writer, Television Presenter and, surprisingly, Music Maven.

[5 September 2011] Ladies aaannnddd Gentlemen! Tonight, in the Two Paddocks Disco Den we honour the world's most celebrated wine writer! Such a star, she only needs one name: Jancis!...

Ten Useful Distractions -- Or things to do when it’s too wet to prune

[4 September 2011] The excellent John Clarke (aka Fred Dagg for those still in the time warp) sends us ten excellent diversions...

Team TP Top Ten #17 -- Wallaby Great, Jazz Beatnik and RWC Special Invitee Two Paddocks DJ, George Gregan

[3 September 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen in the TP Disco! On your feet please! Tonight We of the Disco honour the Man himself! The most capped player in the history of the great sport of Rugby Football...

Running in the Family -- Neill and Co

[1 September 2011] Mention has previously been made on this blog of the arrival in Dunedin of The Proprietor’s forbear, P. C. Neill, 150 years ago, 1861 AD. P. C. Neill, then a 19 year old lad from Belfast, following the example of his father, promptly formed Neill and Co...

Team TP Top Ten #16 -- Mike Wing, Two Paddocks Head Viticulturist (and failed Come Dancing Entrant)

[31 August 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! He may be in Burgundy as we speak, but he still insists on Classic Rock! Oh Yeah! Charles Aznavour? Don't be stupid! Melanie Laurent? No way, you poofs...

Team TP Top Ten #15 -- The Prop's Essential Classic R and B

[29 August 2011] Yes, the Prop is back exercising Droit de Seigneur as today's DJ. Again. And it’s back to the days when R and B meant what it said...

Winter Waning -- Woohah!

[28 August 2011] No, in fact we really enjoy winter here in the vineyards, particularly when we get a fine day of such blue crystal clarity that you feel that the world is freshly minted...

Team TP Top Ten #14 -- John Clarke, writer, comedian, satirist, raconteur, wearer of trousers, special guest DJ.

[27 August 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! A little hush PLEASE in the Two Paddocks Disco Inferno! Appearing tonight, all the way from Melbourne Australia, such an old TP friend he could be almost described as a Veteran...

Team TP Top Ten #13 -- Two Paddocks General Manager, Jacqui Murphy

[25 August 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Raised in Taranaki! Schooled ... somewhere else! Three time Hawera Twist Champion! One time Hullygully Runner-up! She’s Outrageous! Courageous! Give it Uupp! You can't win! Tonight! Welcome to the stage please!...DJ...Jacqui Murphy!

The Vineyard Team -- See you Mike...

[25 August 2011] Here is the team at HQ saying farewell to Mike who is off today on his Burgundy adventure...

Team TP Top Ten #11 -- Our famous friend and colleague...Jorge Garcia!

[23 August 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! By popular demand, direct from Los Angeles, right here in your very own living room! The iconic! The celebrated! The wildly talented! The really nice guy! The one and only! Yes, he's in the House! ...

Early Lambs -- George Gleegun wrecks TP Family Planning

[22 August 2011] It has only just stopped snowing, and already the first of our lambs have arrived, at least three weeks before their time...

Hugh Grant, Jeremy Northam, Steven Weber, and Hugh Jackman Drinking Together -- Strange how the famous tend to prefer to hang out with each other.

[20 August 2011] These birds (guinea fowl) have been with us for a month or so now, but are still confined to their own enclosure for the moment while they get used to being at our place. In a couple of weeks...

Team TP Top Ten #11 -- Webmaster Classical from Cathy Scott...not extremely high-brow classical, more romantic classical.

[20 August 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Pray silence for a moment in the TP Disco! Ssshhh ... down the back please! Security, please remove the semidressed winemaker! Thank you! NOW ... Just when you were thinking that here at Two Paddocks we were all a bunch of semi-literate, uncultured (if hardworking) oiks...

Team TP Top Ten #10 -- Special Guest – Chef and Tap Dancer, Pete Gawron

[18 August 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Long time Two Paddocks ally and co-conspirator Pete Gawron! Famed for his excellent food (and wine list) at Saffron Restaurant in Arrowtown...

Viticulturist for Burgundy -- Mike off for Northern Vintage

[18 August 2011] Mike Wing, our whizz viticulturist, has the singular honor to be selected as one of four who are being sent to Burgundy for vintage. Mike is off in a few days...

Microdoodle #5

[13 August 2011] The Proprietor takes us on a video tour of the First Paddock vineyard, and its historic and beautiful Chateau set in its own splendid grounds...

Team TP Top Ten #9 -- Our special revered guest DJ and TP alumnus, Brian CROOT

[12 August 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Retired but far from forgotten! So uncool, he’s WAY cool! So unhip, he now has a replacement titanium hip! ...

Team TP Top Ten #8 -- The Prop grooves in NZ

[11 August 2011] The Prop's top NZ toons. He loves NZ music, and there is so much to love. So, get dancing now...

Cow Whisperer -- There probably isn't a movie in this ...

[09 August 2011] So, our much anticipated new chums have arrived. And look as comfortable as if they've always been here...

Proprietor Cruelly Overworked -- Hand-crafted Labeling

[08 August 2011] The Proprietor is often the butt of cheap jibes from ignorami implying that he lounges around the vineyard living the Life of Reilly doing sweet Fanny Adams, etc...

Microdoodle #4 :Proprietor's Perks

[06 August 2011] Our own Undercover Boss, The Proprietor, disguised as a passing actor, gets to the nitty gritty of vineyard work in winter...

Team TP Top Ten #7 -- Special Guests of the TP Team

[06 August 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight in the Two Paddocks Disco Inferno! Our very good Two Paddocks friends! ... Tim and Marie Finn...

A Paddock of Stars -- Our Papparazzi never sleep

[31 July 2011] Here's Cate Blanchett. At full throttle.

Team TP Top Ten #6

[28 July 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! From the Cool Side of Town! She’s Chilled! But She’s Hot! She’s a Mum...

Microdoodle #3 -- A Pig's Tale

[23 July 2011] Angelica's Hollywood debut! ...

Team TP Top Ten #5 -- Queenstown’s Own Bond Girl Hits the Floor

[23 July 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Today’s DJ -- PA to the Proprietor, Top Equestrian and Veteran Party Animal ... our own Desiree Bond! ...

Blue Days -- And unintended consequences

[22 July 2011] Midwinter at Two Paddocks. It freezes, it snows, it freezes again ... and then ...

Nosh and Imbibe with the Proprietor -- And evening of good wine, good food and conversation.

[21 July 2011] An evening at the Wakatipu Grill, with Sam Neill and Chef Peter Thornley, Friday, 29th July 2011, 7.00pm to 9.30pm, (03) 450 9400. Peter Thornley – fantastic chef. Be there or be extremely square.

Team TP Top Ten #4 -- Brylcreem Bob Hoppin' and a-Boppin'

[20 July 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Boppin' Bob takes you back to the halcyon days of Joe Brown's Dance, Dunedin Town Hall, in the 50's. (Ballroom dancing upstairs, rock’n’roll down.) Ladies, adjust your corsets, Gents, straighten your ties...

Winter Lavender -- Heavenly Essential Oil

[18 July 2011] We are not sure how exactly, but some of our lavender is in flower right now, in the depth of mid-winter ...

Musical Notes -- By way of explanation

[17 July 2011] As of today, we will move the Team's Top 10s into a special section under Our Team. We like our new feature – musical taste tells so much, and we only employ the most interesting people imaginable ...

Team TP Top Ten #3 -- Clubbin’ Catherine’s Croozy Toons

[10 July 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight Only! In your joint! She’s clubbed in Berlin and Bangkok! She's Raved in Rio! Danced in Denver! Partied in Paris! And now she Sets the Style in Alex!...

Microdoodle #2: Feel Good Ferment

[09 July 2011] Next in our series of short videos around the vineyards...

Back to the Future -- Back to Singapore.

[09 July 2011] It would be doubly remiss to not remark further on the incursion to Singapore, but Monsieur Blog has been hoping for more documentary evidence in the form of photos.…

Team TP Top 10 #2 -- More groovin', more shmoozin' -- the smooth sounds of summer in Wellington.

[08 July 2011] Ladies and Gentlemen! Today's DJ, our old hipster friend Dennis Hearfield, Two Paddocks Designer, raconteur, bon vivant, drinker, chef, and occasional Ladies' Man!* Friends -- jump up, and get down! He's rockin'! He’s rollin'! It’s Dennis ! ...

Singapore Nights -- Two Paddocks Nights

[07 July 2011] Back to Singapore, it would be remiss not to report on some great highlights...

Team TP Top 10, #1 -- All dancing, all rockin’, all groovin’ Good Times.

[05 July 2011] As promised, our team have each provided their current top ten tunes, the kind of sounds they like when dealing with the frankly slightly repetitive job of pruning at this time of the year...

Advice for Young Pigs -- A survival guide for life in a vineyard.

[04 July 2011] If you are a pig newby, a porcine neophyte, take this simple motto to heart if you want to make it to next spring: Never, but never, be seen with an apple in your mouth!...

Casting Update -- Unavoidable omissions.

[04 July 2011] We have had numerous enquiries re. the casting of Hello Chook. Look, we had a limited budget here, but believe us we tried to cast the best chickens available. Here are a few who we could not persuade to join us for one reason or another...

Microdoodle #1 -- Hello Chook

[03 July 2011] Our first microdoole -- Cecil B. DeMille eat your heart out...

Negociants Roadshow -- Taking the poetry of wine to the people

[25 June 2011] We know what you’re thinking -- that the life of a Proprietor is an endless grind of work, work, work. And more work. Well true enough. Actually, seen from the perspective of a Siberian coal miner, that would be a bit of a push.…

More Vineyard Fashions -- Do not look to our crew for help with prêt-à-porter

[21 June 2011] When you work on a vineyard, especially one as obscure and hard to find as ours, you can wear pretty much whatever you like in reasonable certainty that no-one will ever embarrass you by pointing out how ... odd that top you're wearing really is...

Christchurch, June 15, 2011 -- Post Big Quake #3

[15 June 2011] So much has been written about Christchurch. But nothing really quite covers the enormity of what's happened here. The scale of disaster is unthinkable at both a national level, and at a very personal one, too. Sometimes a picture tells a story better than words....

P.M. and Prop. -- Charmed by Polly

[08 June 2011] Anyway, what's a blog for if not to drop names, like some drop Jaffas at the movies? The Prime Minister was in Central a couple of weeks ago, hailed the Proprietor, and told him the following story. (Abridged -- you don't want to be on this damn blog all day.)....

New Manager -- New Leaf

[07 June 2011] Today Two Paddocks has a new Manager, Jacqui Murphy. Hats in the air please! ...

Why Two Paddocks? -- What's in a name?

[04 June 2011] A question often asked, why that name? Well, at the time we planted, other wineries were giving their brands rather grand and lofty titles -- Mt Difficulty, Mt Edward, and so on. ...

Flying Bottles -- Mysterious movements.

[25 May 2011] We love how our wine travels. In this case some friends from Sweden sent us this beautiful shot of two bottles of some of the world's finest Pinot Noir that seem to have made their way somehow to Northern Scandinavia. ...

Sheep v. Tractor -- The date rages on.

[23 May 2011] About this time of year, you are probably considering capital purchases, and the issue often arises -- should we go the tractor option, or fall back on the sheep? A tough one, we agree, but grass must be cut. ...

Low Carbon Mowers -- Every lawn should have one.

[22 May 2011] They might look like puffballs to you, but these are in fact our South Suffolk ewes striding purposefully through our Pinot vines, mowing the grass and cleaning up weeds. ...

Proprietor in Prison

[19 May 2011] Check out the first trailer from the new FOX series, "Alcatraz." ...

Putting the Nigel into Wine -- Or the wine into Nigel.

[19 May 2011] So, at the Proprietor's table last week, there were no less than three Nigels.…

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