Ant Moore wasn’t quite sure about putting his name on the front of a bottle. But faced with the prospect of naming a wine after another tree, river, rock or mountain and then trying to define what made the wine unique... his name seemed a fair choice. An Australian-born/trained winemaker, Ant moved to New Zealand in 2002 to purchase and renovate a winery; and plant his vineyards on bare blocks of land. 100% grown in his estate vineyards in Marlborough sub-regions of Awatere, Waihopai and Wairau Valleys. His vineyards are sustainably and organically farmed, making his wines the true expression of their home.
Founded by winemaker, Simon Barker, with wife & viticulturist, Vanessa Barker; along with partners Edmund Barker and Gillett Johnson. The vineyard site is called Muritai, meaning Sea Breeze in Maori. It is only ½ mile from the sea along the Blind River in the Awatere Valley, in one of the driest and windiest places in Marlborough. The wines (all 100% Sauvignon Blanc) are made with minimal intervention, intended to express the unique sites that they come from, rather than a generic, copycat style.
Greg Norman, known as much for his entrepreneurial spirit in the boardroom as his dominance on the golf course, is arguably the most successful athlete-turned-businessman. His unyielding approach to both golf and life earned him the nickname, The Great White Shark. Created from a family passion and strengthened by determination, Greg Norman Estates, founded in 1996, is a collection of fine wines sourced from stunning wine regions in California, New Zealand, and Greg’s homeland of Australia. The selected growing regions are appreciated for the incredible wines they produce and the personal influence they have had on the Norman family over Greg’s many years professionally touring the world. A strong believer in the role of wine as part of an active, easygoing lifestyle, Greg’s aim is to produce approachable yet bold wines to be enjoyed by family, fans and wine enthusiasts alike.
One of Marlborough's pioneering winemakers, Kevin Judd's appreciable career is intrinsically linked with the global path of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Kevin's personal venture, Greywacke (pronounced "grey-wacky"), was unveiled in 2009, fulfilling a long-held dream for himself and wife Kimberley. Named after New Zealand's prolific bedrock, Greywacke was originally adopted as the name of the Judds' first vineyard in Rapaura, whose soils had an abundance of these river stones. Now living in the Omaka Valley overlooking Marlborough's striking patchwork of vines, Kevin sources fruit from mature vineyards in the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. Alongside winemaking, Kevin's talent for photography has seen his evocative images appear in countless publications worldwide, and inevitably, take pride of place on the labels of his solo winemaking venture -- the synthesis of his dual passions.
Established in 1998, Innocent Bystander has forged a reputation for delivering some of the Yarra Valley’s most consistent, over-performing, affordable, varietal wines. Using 100% hand-picked fruit, wild ferments, and gravity-flow winemaking techniques, their wines, made with minimal filtration and fining, reflect the climate, soil and topography of the Yarra Valley. These strikingly branded wines have established a strong reputation in restaurants and fine wine stores around the world.
If you know Grape (importer) well, you know of their Dutch connections, and everyone in the Dutch wine trade knows Andrew Bailey as the remarkable professional cricket player who built an equally successful wine distribution business while living there during his sporting career. Andrew grew up in New Zealand, has returned home, and farms 242 hectares of vineyard in what he likes to call the misty coves of Marlborough. We’ve never come across this level of quality of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for the price.
In 2004 (at age 23), Kate Acland graduated enology school and founded Sugar Loaf Wines. In 2007 the opportunity arose to purchase a vineyard and disused apple cider factory, so she and her husband David set the winery up just in time for the 2008 vintage. The Sugar Loaf Winery is situated in the heart of Marlborough's world-class wine-growing region, Rapaura. The winery is custom-designed for small batch production and hands-on winemaking, giving us ultimate control through all stages of our wine production and the ability to do things a little differently.