Featured Wineries 2018 Southern Hemisphere


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New Zealand

BIG SKY (Martinborough, NEW ZEALAND)
Represented by Katherine Jacobs and Jeremy Corban

Big Sky Wines began in 2005.  Katherine and Jeremy had returned to New Zealand from living in France, and they knew the time was right to pursue their long-held ambition – to make world class, hand crafted wines, that give true expression to the character of their place. And that’s what they are doing. Jeremy is a 4th generation winemaker, from a family with a 100 year winemaking history in New Zealand.  Deep roots. Katherine is pure energy and passion. She studied viticulture and winemaking in New Zealand, while living in France, and while working vintages in Bordeaux. Together they make a great team. At Big Sky, fine wine is all about place. And people. That’s what gives wines personality and soul. Their philosophy is simple: make the best wines possible, not the most wine possible.  That means being hands on, and staying small so each vintage can be managed personally by the winemakers. Vineyards are certified sustainable, and organic principles are utilized whenever possible.

Represented by Christopher Keyes

For Gibbston Valley Winemaker Christopher Keys, making Pinot leaves him grappling with the beauty of the tragic, the wonder of the fragile, and the impossibility of understanding everything. This sense was developed at Otago University whilst studying Russian Language and Literature, but it was studying winemaking at Lincoln University that gave him direction.  Years spent at Hawkes Bay wineries were punctuated by joyous and formative vintages in Oregon – Adelsheim (1999), Rex Hill (2003) and R. Stuart and Co (2005). Christopher found his true home in Central Otago becoming Gibbston Valley’s third winemaker in 2006.  He has lead a team that has moved production into showcasing a multitude of site specific and organic wines. He is interested in the expression of maturing vines, and finding a greater balance in both vineyard and winery.

Represented by Kim Crawford

Kim is the son of a sheep farmer in New Zealand’s Waikato region and fell into winemaking by the foresight of a University lecturer. He took the advice given to the class and trained at Roseworthy Agricultural College after completing a BSc in NZ. His first jobs included vintages at Arrowfield in Australia’s Hunter Valley, Stags Leap Winery in Napa Valley, and Backsberg Estate in South Africa. He returned to his native New Zealand in 1988 and worked at Coopers Creek Vineyard for some 10 years. For the next nine years, Kim and his scientist wife, Erica forged a brand and then sold their company. Loveblock heralds their return to the industry. Kim and Erica Crawford hold a deep belief that they are custodians of their land. They farm it and grow grapes in accordance with New Zealand Organic Certification standards, Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) accreditation requirements. Biodynamic practices are also incorporated.

Represented by Ben Glover

Ben is the “janitor” for his Glover Family Vineyards business in Marlborough – always cleaning up after everyone and ensuring that Zephyr wines are true to their sense of place their ‘Turangawaewae’. As a winemaker with over 20 years of experience, his soft touch and the subtle expression in the wines is what stands this man and his wines apart. Ben is Chair of Pinot noir NZ 2017 celebration, arguably rivaling the IPNC for the title of the best Pinot noir event on the planet!  He grew up on the family vineyard in Marlborough and was influenced by a relaxed, yet focused father and a rather thespian inspired mother – a perfect match to even begin to understand Pinot Noir – practical, laidback, creative. He struggles to understand why Yosemite is not pronounced the same as Vegemite.

South Africa

Represented by Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell

In 1991 Anthony took over the family farm, Hamilton Russell Vineyards, in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which he purchased from the family in 1994.  He focused this property on Pinot noir and Chardonnay alone. Anthony is a Chevalier du Tastevin and a Commandeur de Bordeaux. Olive grew up on a farm outside the town of Ermelo in the north of South Africa, which has been in her family for almost 200 years. After majoring in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Stellenbosch, she worked in food product development and buying in London and Cape Town, and eventually home-ware buying before marrying Anthony and becoming fully involved in Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Anthony and Olive enjoy entertaining at home, riding their horses and long foraging walks on their property with their four dogs.