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Growing up in Auckland's Point Chevalier meant Ellie Hobbs lived closer to beaches than vineyards. Wine was not a particularly big part of family life, but the 24-year-old had always had a passion for food and a good sense of smell.
It takes pluck to start a wine company in the wake of Covid-19. But three women under 30 have done just that, starting Three Fates Wine in Hawke’s Bay.
Gabrielle and Braden Crosby are On Giants’ Shoulders. The evocative name describes how they feel about making wine from a vineyard in Martinborough that has long been regarded as one of the best sites for Pinot Noir in the region.
Scout sources fruit from two wine territories – the South Island and South Australia - to create small batch wines. The brand was created by a winemaking couple who grew up on opposite sides of the ditch, and were brought together by their passion for wine.
On a small vineyard in a quiet valley, a young couple is growing hope. Pete and Alanna Chapman’s wine label 27seconds has donated all its profits - $47,000 over the past three years – to Hagar New Zealand.
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.