Workin’ it! From the field to the winery at Greystone

  Winemakers love a long, reliable growing season. It makes their lives easier, the wines more consistent and their employers and the bank managers, much happier. But cool climate winemaking is rarely reliable. It’s not often grapes comes off the field without a hitch. Frost risk, for example, looms large. Frost has been known to…

Row, upon row, upon…

  Greetings from Waipara and Greystone Wines. The hills are alive with the sounds of pickers, bird scare cannons and that distinctive New Zealand exuberance. I’m in the midst of four days of picking and pruning at Greystone Wines. The extraordinarily deep-timbered Nick Gill – an Aussie transplant from the Barossa Valley – has assigned…

If you could see the view…..

  Yup. Is this not heaven? Today I’m lunching at Black Estate, which is in Waipara Valley in the North Canterbury region of New Zealand. It’s the neighboring vineyard to my home for 10 days here in Waipara (pronounced Wi-pra) so essentially I’m doing a competitive check. Once a marketer, always a marketer… I’ve allowed…