It’s been a while. There have been developments. Notably, Simon Groves, our winemaker, has been shifting the wine out into the market place, arguably one of the toughest jobs in this business (apart from paying the bills). It’s all very well producing great wines but that counts for nothing if they just sit in the warehouse aging.
So we were delighted towards the end of last year when the owners of three of New Zealand’s premier lodges – The Farm at Cape Kidnappers (www.capekidnappers.com) at Te Awanga Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay; Kauri Cliffs (www.kauricliffs.com) at Matauri Bay, Northland; and Matakauri (www.matakaurilodge.com) Queenstown decided to stock our wines in their restaurants. They don’t choose lightly.
But don’t fret. You don’t have to be staying, or dining, in one of these fabulous places to imbibe wines from our Te Muna Valley vineyard.
In Martinborough itself, Micro Winebar in Ohio Street sells heaps of our wine (‘like’ Micro on Facebook). And in Kitchener Street, a mere stagger away from Micro, Café Medici (www.cafemedici.co.nz) sells our wonderful Syrah to accompany its gutsy meals.
Sited between these two restaurants you can find Martinborough Wine Merchants www.martinboroughwinemerchants.com (used to be the Martinborough Wine Centre) which sells all things pertaining to wine and yes, my book too, The Good Life on Te Muna Road.
Over the Hill, in Wellington, you can buy retail at Centre City Wines – they do Internet shopping www.centrecity.co.nz, and the restaurants which stock Te Muna Valley Wines, or our other label, which we are slowly phasing out, the James label (shown below) are Avida (doesn’t stock James, only Te Muna Valley, just to confuse you), Shed 5, and Pravda.
Stephen Morris MW at Avida also takes some of our cleanskins and in his lovely handwriting just signs it, SM. Works a charm on the customers.
In Hawke’s Bay, there’s a fantastic distributor for us called Advintage – www.advintage.co.nz – well worth a visit if you’re in Havelock North and they also sell on line. Really good value-for-money prices and I’m not just talking about our wines.
Then further up the line, in Taupo, you must have heard about, or called in at Scenic Cellars, or The Merchant as the place is also known these days – www.sceniccellars.co.nz. We really are blessed in this country with so many good booze outlets.
By the time you get to Auckland you will have run out of supplies, so you can go and see Migeul at Accent on Wine in Parnell www.accentonwine.co.nz who has supported us since the very beginning. He has a great range of European and Argentinian wines if you’re that way inclined.
Australians, we haven’t forgotten you. Get Wines Direct stock our drop – www.getwinesdirect.com, and right on Christmas we scrambled to ship our first container of wine to the UK which you should be able to purchase by now from Planet of the Grapes – www.planetofthegrapes.co.uk – a sort of wine bar, restaurant, and wine shop all rolled into one.
So that’s it, wine lovers. A long post after such an absence and hopefully the harbinger of more to come for 2016.