Marlborough wines from New Zealand you have never tasted before at this weekend’s first festival
It’s never been on sale in Marlborough before, but wine all the way from Marlborough, New Zealand, will be available by the glass this weekend at the town’s first Food and Wine Festival on the Common.
And at £3 to £5 a glass that will include the latest example Peter Yealand’s own Sauvignon Blanc, pronounced the world’s best at the 2012 International Wine Challenge, his immaculate estate now declared the Green Company of the Year.
And there will be other wine delights too from the Yealand’s Estate, among them its Pinot Gris 2013, Riesling 2011 and the Vognier 2012 produced since the company was launched in 08.08.08.
Peter Yealand is himself a charismatic figure known for his “can do” attitude to life, who is happiest working on the land at the controls of a bulldozer or digger, his pioneering life chronicled in a book entitled A Bloke For All Seasons.
He has developed seven of his family-owned vineyard sites in Marlborough, as well as several others under contract for other companies, and has developed too deer farms and Greenshell mussels commercially with his wife, Vai, and son Aaron.
And his wine business alone now employs 140 staff, who have helped develop carbonNZero-certificated wines too in the Awatere Valley.
“We are really quite new to the wine scene,” Megan Watts, the company’s European marketing manager, told Marlborough News Online. “We have exhibited in the UK for a couple of years but this is obviously our first Marlborough festival.
“I wasn’t totally aware of the strength of the links between the two Marlboroughs, here and in New Zealand, but it was what attracted us to take part in this first festival here in Wiltshire.
“The Marlborough link for us strong and something real and different that we want to encourage. So we do hope people will come to the festival this weekend, take a taste of our wines – and buy a bottle or two.”
The Yealands estate are also the sponsors of the International Wine Theatre, one of the highlights of the food and wine festival where wine from around the world will be discussed by well-known an respected UK experts, as well as New Zealand wine tipster Neil Phillips.