Yealands breaks the Viognier barrier

14 November, 2008

Yealands Estate, in Marlborough's Awatere Valley, has launched a range of four varietal wines in the UK - including one of the region's first Viogniers.

The four 2008 vintage whites - Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling as well as Viognier - are made by Yealands' winemaker Tamra Washington with consultant Matt Thomson and distributed in the UK by Liberty Wines, priced £9.99-£10.49.

Yealands Estate has 1,000ha, which it says makes it the largest single vineyard in private ownership in New Zealand, on the south eastern coastline. Its winery is the first in the world to be built under the Green Building Code - which looks at the way buildings use resources such as energy and water, and works to reduce their impact on the environment through better siting, design, construction and maintenance.

The winery is working towards

carbon

neutral status, and is expected to reach full production by 2013, when it will process some 11,000 tonnes of estate-grown fruit.

Owner Peter Yealands said: "I don't see the sense in doing something half-right, particularly where the environment is at stake. We set out with a vision of best practice from the vine to the bottle. Building a winery that takes the sustainable production of premium wine to a whole new level has always been an integral part of that vision."




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