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Sophie Parker-Thomson is co-founder and manager of Blank Canvas wines and New Zealand’s newest Master of Wine. In celebration of Sauvignon Blanc Day, we asked her about what opportunities and challenges lie ahead for New Zealand wine and Sauvignon Blanc.
Bill and Ross Spence came from generations of winemakers. Wine was part of their early life, and they founded Matua in 1974 with a vision to revolutionise the New Zealand wine industry.
Wrights Vineyard and Winery is based in Gisborne and produces certified organic, biodynamic wines. The husband-and-wife team of Geoff and Nicola Wright are passionate about creating wines in an ethical and environmentally friendly way.
Ivan Sutherland is an Olympic medallist and also one of the early pioneers of the Marlborough wine region. He and his wife Margaret purchased their vineyard in the late 1970s as Sauvignon Blanc was being discovered.
“We have an expression that unless you have dirt under your fingernails, you’ll never know how to grow a vine,” says James Millton from his eponymous Gisborne vineyard.