Ostler’s first vineyard site is where the Waitaki Valley meets North Otago, formed by a 38-million-year-old seabed raised into a north facing limestone slope. The location was the raisin d'etre for their company and pioneering the Waitaki wine region.
Sachi has ten years’ experience and a doctorate in biotechnology, specialising in nanotechnology. But while she was writing her thesis, she had a light-bulb moment, she realised that she wanted to have a career in the wine industry instead.
Elise Picot recently graduated with a Viticulture & Bachelor of Wine Science Concurrent Degree. We asked Elise why she chose EIT and what her plans for future in the wine industry are.
Kate has made an immense contribution in the 37 years since she tasted her first New Zealand wine, and was awarded the Sir George Fistonich medal in 2010, inducted as a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers five years later, and last year inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame.
Becoming Neudorf’s General Manager two weeks before the Covid-19 lockdown seems like “a pretty good hospital pass”, says Todd Stevens, acknowledging a few grey hairs from vintage 2020. He is also intent on upping the ante on Neudorf’s environmental credentials, using a new carbon assessment as a benchmark.
Paul Goodege thinks a lot about evolution, from the change in wines and vines at Boneline, to the ancient geology beneath them. Now he’s considering the evolution of their model, as Covid-19 crashes down on the restaurant trade they’ve relied on.