I’ve been meaning to write this story for years.
It’s been a motivation every time I see ‘Malakoff Vineyard’ or ‘Willowlake’ on a wine label. Or every time I’ve seen a reference about buying fruit from the Meadowbank or the Swinney Vineyard. At every point I’ve wondered – how does that relationship work? How does it play out when a vineyard has a reputation as big, or sometimes bigger, than a producer?
So, in the brand-new August/edition of Gourmet Traveller WINE I’m diving deeper in a bid to find out. I’ve interviewed growers, winemakers, owners, brokers and more in a bid to understand what it’s like working with a ‘named vineyard’ and learnt plenty along the way (with lots that I just couldn’t print).
If you’re anything like me, you’re interested in this story too. Well worth a read in the magazine, or you can view it online here.
(Feature photo is the Malakoff Vineyard – from Facebook).
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