New Zealand pinot noir to warm European hearts

With well-drained soils and cool climate, Martinborough in New Zealand’s North Island produces pinot noir to rival the best of Burgundy

11th October, 2015
Grapes freshly harvested in Wairarapa, New Zealand

‘I had fallen on my knees many times playing rugby on these fields, so I knew they were very well drained,” says Clive Paton, founder of New Zealand’s five-star pinot trinity that includes Felton Road in Otago and Craggy Range in Te Muna.

“When all my mates were telling me I was absolutely mad, I knew something else.” So, in 1980, he bought the fields, which were a dozen acres of...

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