Greystone winemaker named New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year 2018!

Dom Maxwell, of Greystone Wines, won the inaugural Gourmet Traveller WINE “New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2018” title at Auckland’s Hilton Hotel last night. New Zealand Editor of Gourmet Traveller WINE, and chair of judges, Bob Campbell (Master of Wine) said Dom’s fusion of traditional winemaking and ground-breaking techniques earned him the accolade, which propels him into New Zealand’s winemaking history. "This award acknowledges Maxwell’s thoughtful and often innovative winemaking practices and his contribution to the wider wine industry both directly and by example,” said chair of judges Bob Campbell MW. This is the first year Gourmet Traveller WINE has run the award in New Zealand and the 20th year it has run in Australia. Bob Campbell chaired the judging panel alongside two of our country’s most esteemed wine judges and critics, Raymond Chan and Cameron Douglas (Master Sommelier). In accepting the award, Dom said he was “honoured, humbled and surprised” and thanked his team for the support and dedication over the past 14 years. “We have an exceptionally talented industry of winemakers in New Zealand, so it’s incredibly humbling to be awarded this title,” said Dom. “I can’t emphasise enough how grateful I am for my team and how proud I am to be part of this amazing wine region. North Canterbury makes up just 3% of New Zealand’s total wine production, so we all share a fervent determination to make the best and most genuine wines possible.” The prestigious award from Gourmet Traveller WINE continues from a very successful 2017 for Dom and the Greystone team. In December, Greystone won the gong “Best Chardonnay in New Zealand” by the world’s leading wine publication, Decanter Magazine, and took out a gold medal for their Sauvignon Blanc at the Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2017 Awards. Decanter Magazine also ranked Greystone’s 2016 Pinot Gris as one of the most exciting wines in the world in their annual “75 Best Buys of 2017”. About Dom Maxwell Dom Maxwell, 41, started his career at Greystone in 2004 as a vineyard hand, after completing his degree in Viticulture and Oenology. Dom then went on to become Greystone’s Winemaker and in 2011 New Zealand’s Winestate Winemaker of the Year. Dom has worked overseas at Chehalem in Oregon, USA, Weingut Leitz in the Rheingau, Germany and at Domaine d’Eugénie in Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy.

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Greystone winemaker named New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year 2018!

Dom Maxwell, of Greystone Wines, won the inaugural Gourmet Traveller WINE “New Zealand Winemaker ...

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HOT WEATHER PUTS HARVEST THREE WEEKS AHEAD

Our General Manager and Founding Viticulturist, Nick Gill, was featured in The Press last week commenting on the state of play for this harvest. "Hot weather leading up tothe new year has accelerated crop growth by about two to three weeks compared with last year's dismal summer season. Viticulturist Nick Gill who manages vineyards in the Waipara area north of Christchurch said hot weather had given a great start to the season, although some rain would be welcome. Organising labour to pick grapes at harvest could become an issue but Greystone and Muddy Waters vineyards where he worked had their own team and also relied on travellers with work visas at the peak harvest." Click here for the full story.

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HOT WEATHER PUTS HARVEST THREE WEEKS AHEAD

Our General Manager and Founding Viticulturist, Nick Gill, was featured in The Press last week c...

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OUR WINEMAKER, DOM MAXWELL, NOMINATED AS ONE OF THE 'BEST' IN NEW ZEALAND

Greystone winemaker, Dom Maxwell, has been nominated by Gourmet Traveller magazine as a finalist in the New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2018 competition. The shortlist, made up of winemakers from throughout New Zealand, was announced in the December issue of the Australian wine publication. “We have an exceptionally talented industry of winemakers in New Zealand, so it’s incredibly humbling to be recognised by Gourmet Traveller,” said Dom Maxwell, winemaker for Greystone Wines. Gourmet Traveller nominees are selected by New Zealand’s most revered wine critics and sommeliers: Bob Campbell (Master of Wine), Cameron Douglas (Master Sommelier) and Raymond Chan (wine writer). Gourmet Travellers’ nomination precedes another industry nod for Dom by internationally-acclaimed wine publication, Decanter Magazine, who named Greystone’s 2016 Pinot Gris as one of the 20 most exciting wines in the world. Dom adds, “You’re only as good as your team and I’m lucky to be part of one of the best.” Other finalists include: Tony Bish (Tony Bish Wines & Sacred Hill) Nick Picone (Villa Maria Group) Peter Cowley (Te Mata) Chris Scott (Church Road) Dean Shaw (Central Otago Wine Company) The winner will be announced at the Gourmet Traveller Awards Dinner on Monday 23rd January in Auckland.  

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OUR WINEMAKER, DOM MAXWELL, NOMINATED AS ONE OF THE 'BEST' IN NEW ZEALAND

Greystone winemaker, Dom Maxwell, has been nominated by Gourmet Traveller magazine as a finalist ...

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RAISING THE BAR FOR NZ SYRAH

#wesaysyrah We are proud to join 12 other New Zealand Syrah producers in a collective bid to raise awareness about one of this country’s great wines. A wine tasting at Caro’s in Auckland, on Tuesday October 31, was followed by an open floor discussion between the wine producers and a number of the nation’s top wine writers, commentators, buyers and trade, about how to increase the profile of a great, if not yet fully appreciated, New Zealand wine. There was unanimous agreement in the room that the Syrah tasted was of exceptional standards and that the world deserves to know more about such wines. New Zealand Syrah is no stranger to praise. It has been widely acclaimed by international critics for many years, with Tim Atkin MW claiming it has the same potential for greatness as Pinot Noir. “There may only be 1,500 acres of Syrah in New Zealand, compared with nearly 10,000 of Pinot Noir, but in my view the two varieties have equal potential for greatness, “Tim wrote. Bob Campbell MW brought up the staggering fact at the Auckland gathering that NZ Syrah has won the majority of the last 16 years in the Six Nations competition (www.sixnationswine.com.au) for the Syrah/Shiraz category when judged against some of the best examples from Australia, USA, Argentina, Chile and South Africa. The group, ‘We Say Syrah’, is planning to develop events and tastings around New Zealand and the world, with a renewed focus on educating people about what great Syrah from NZ tastes like. The group of 13 wineries are aiming to develop a larger audience of NZ syrahphiles and growth in the category. The wineries involved: Greystone Dry River Man ‘O War Fromm Bilancia Trinity Hill Craggy Range Elephant Hill Goldie Villa Maria Rod McDonald Ant McKenzie Ash Ridge View Greystone 2015 Syrah. Limited stock available.

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RAISING THE BAR FOR NZ SYRAH

#wesaysyrah We are proud to join 12 other New Zealand Syrah producers in a collective bid to rais...

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GREYSTONE WINES BECOMES EXCLUSIVE WINE SPONSOR OF CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY

We're proud to announce our new partnership with the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, as their exclusive wine sponsor. We are a long supporter of the arts and believe in the power of art to transform a city.  “The gallery's reopening was a milestone in the revitalisation of the central city, and the Christchurch Art Gallery is acclaimed around the world for the quality of their exhibitions. We’re incredibly proud we can support them in such a way especially given that all our wines are grown in North Canterbury,” said Nik Mavromatis, Greystone's General Manager of Sales and Marketing. Jenny Harper, Christchurch Art Gallery Director said, “Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu are delighted to partner with Greystone Wines, to help the Gallery become New Zealand’s best-loved and most-visited art gallery. Greystone Wines are celebrated nationally and internationally, and represent the very best of Canterbury. We are very happy to work with them going forward.”

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GREYSTONE WINES BECOMES EXCLUSIVE WINE SPONSOR OF CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY

We're proud to announce our new partnership with the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu,...

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