Talking New Zealand

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New Zealand is one of the newest parts of the New World of wine. The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that catapulted it onto the global stage was only planted in the 1970s, but within 20 years, New Zealand’s white wines were commanding the highest average prices in the world. Then came Otago Pinot Noir which has had a similar success. But where does New Zealand go from here? Is it too reliant on the UK, the market that helped to make its name? And is it still too focused on Sauvignon Blanc?

Our panel which is co-moderated by Rebecca Gibb MW, author of The Wines of New Zealand, includes top winemakers Nigel Greening of Felton Road, Michael Brajkovich of Kumeu River, Rosie Finn of Neudorf, and Brent Marris of Marisco as well as leading sommeliers, Cameron Douglas and Stephanie Guth.

Portrait of Polly Hammond

Polly Hammond

Polly Hammond is the Founder and CEO of 5forests, which means every buck stops with her. As the public face of 5forests, she splits her time between Barcelona, Auckland, and California, consulting, writing, and speaking about the trends that impact today’s lifestyle businesses.