New Zealand Winemakers Come to San Francisco

There was plenty of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to taste Wednesday during the walk-around of New Zealand wines at Fort Mason in San Francisco. At the same time, there were also Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris wines.

[…] New Zealand has been a leader in sustainability over the past two decades, a fact that speakers brought up during a tasting of biodynamic, sustainable and organic wines from the North and South islands. More than 98 percent of the vineyards are certified sustainable.

The entire country, except from one growing region, has a maritime climate, said wine writer Elaine Chukan Brown said as she led the tasting with Loveblock winemaker Kim Crawford. “What that means is that you have profound humidity,” she said.

“The fact that a country with island viticulture, which is very challenging to pull off, is so hugely focused on sustainability, is really remarkable,” Chukan Brown said.

“At the core, sustainability is really that mutual interest. ‘What can we do to improve quality now in a way that will benefit generations later,” she said.

[…] Crawford and his wife, Erica, farm 250 acres in Marlborough and another 20 acres Central Otago, where one of the main pest are rabbits. About 50 acres are farmed organically in Marlborough.

Kim Crawford, the winery’s winemaker, is optimistic about the future of the wine industry in his home country.

“The industry is very good at the moment, very bullish,” he said after Wednesday’s masterclass where nearly half of the attendees had traveled to New Zealand.

“The real reason, I think, New Zealand has become so popular is Lord of the Rings,” said Crawford, referring to the fantasy adventure movie.

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Kerana Todorov, (Sept 2019)