Thursday January 23, 2020

Wine: Heaven on Earth

Peter Yealands believes that New Zealand's soil is capable of producing some of the best wine in the world – and the evidence is available by the bottleful, writes Tomas Clancy.

6th April, 2014
Peter Yealands of Yealands Estate: Our soil is unique. The vine roots are shallow and reach a peak of complexity after just a few years'. Picture: Getty

Peter Yealands has a shock of long white hair, a thin pointed white beard and, even in his late 60s, the tall, thin and cool looks of a lead guitarist.

He has been a prominent business force in New Zealand since he entered the commercial mussel farming arena in the 1970s. From this beginning he moved on to acquire a 2,000-hectare estate, which he transformed into a vast deer farming operation that is now one...

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