For the first time ever the famous New Zealand Cellar Christmas Garage Sale will include our other half The Australian Cellar. Brixton will be a rocking with killer tunes and festive cheer and there will be plenty of Kiwi & Aussie wines to indulge in and for those that like to get a head start on all your Christmas shopping, this is your perfect opportunity. So strap in & get ready for the raddest Garage sale in London.
When: Saturday 8th December 12-5pm
Where: Pop Box, Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW98PQ.
Price: Only £10... Yeap seriously! 10 quid to access some of the best wines from NZ & Aus at outrageously good prices!
The Seresin philosophy is to work by hand, to work traditionally and with natural elements and to elicit true Marlborough character in their wines. Organics was a founding principle of Seresin Estate when it began in 1992, initiated by owner Michael Seresin. Now, the entire estate is farmed biodynamically. At Seresin, they believe that quality wines begin with healthy plants that are able to fully express the soil and environment in which they grow. All the fruit is hand-picked and hand-sorted before being whole-bunch pressed. The wines are naturally fermented, using wild yeasts indigenous to the winery, to give greater interest and individuality to the finished wines. View the Seresin collection here.
Burn Cottage is located in the foothills of the Pisa mountain range in Central Otago, New Zealand. Biodynamic techniques were used from the very start in 2002 on both the farm and the vineyard, with a policy advised and supervised by Ted Lemon. No one previously in Otago had attempted to create a vineyard from bare land using purely biodynamic methods. In fact many said it was impossible to do so. But the results from Burn Cottage speak for themselves - Check them out here.
In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George Fistonich leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland. He harvested his first grapes in 1962 and made his first wine under the name Villa Maria. Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him. He made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions. In the early 1970s he started to employ staff and the company began to expand rapidly. Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide. George Fistonich has spent five decades at the forefront of the New Zealand wine industry that he helped develop. As an icon of this industry, Villa Maria is known for bold and industry-changing moves such as moving to 100% screwcap and the emphasis on sustainable practices in every area of the family-owned company. Check out the Villa collection here.
Anthony Joseph Vidal, a young emigrant from Spain, was one of the first winemakers to appreciate the natural potential of the Hawke’s Bay area. He established Vidal Estate in 1905 and his spirit of adventure coupled with a lifelong commitment to crafting classic, elegant wines remains an inspiration to this day. He was 22 years old when he arrived in New Zealand from Spain in 1888. His first eleven years were spent in Wanganui, working for his uncle, pioneer winemaker Joseph Soler. He then moved to Hawke's Bay in 1905 when he purchased a small property in Hastings. Once the stables that occupied the site were converted into a cellar, Anthony set about planting some grapevines. It was from there he became one of New Zealand's early wine innovators. Today Winemaker Hugh Crichton continues the winemaking Legacy creating Trophy winning wines, with a passion for classic Hawke's Bay varieties. View the Vidal Collection here.
A sense of exploration runs deep in the Te Awa Collection, just like the ancient Ngaruroro River winds its way through the Gimblett Gravels, always seeking a different path. A life source to the vineyards, the natural elements combine with winemaking, stories and history to weave together Left Field, Te Awa Single Estate and Kidnapper Cliffs wines. The river of God — a reference to the mysterious subterranean streams over which the vineyards are situated and from which the wines draw their exquisite, yet subtle characteristics. The quality comes from the free draining soil which consistently produces high quality fruit. Walking the vineyard at Te Awa Winery you will see the vines planted in alluvial soils, typical of the area. The single estate is made up of 151 hectares, 100 of which are planted in vines. Te Awa vineyard soils are the trails of the old Ngaruroro River which meandered through the region until a huge flood changed its course in 1867.
With its terraced vineyards set against the Pacific Ocean, Esk Valley is a colourful gateway to the Hawke's Bay region. Grapevines were first planted in the Esk Valley area in 1933 after an earthquake altered the course of the Esk River in 1931. Sir George Fistonich of Villa Maria Estate was intrigued with this small winery’s unique location and its potential. He purchased it in 1987 and focused on establishing the Esk Valley brand’s unique hand crafted reputation. Esk Valley operates as a boutique winery with its own facilities and winemaking team and the winemakers at Esk Valley craft their award-winning wines in a simple, honest, hands-on way. Over the last thirty years or so, the Esk Valley winery has seen a few changes – most obviously in the quality of the wines made. Stainless steel fermentation tanks have been introduced to complement the original concrete vats, which have proved ideal for use as the foundation for crafted winemaking. Try Esk Valley wines here.
Greywacke is the exciting solo venture of Kevin Judd, who was the chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay for 25 vintages and instrumental in the international recognition which New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc enjoys today. The name ‘Greywacke’ was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils there. The debut wine under the Greywacke label was the 2009 vintage, with this Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc displaying the hallmarks of Kevin’s famed style: ripe fruit, fine balance, great concentration and superb varietal intensity. Grapes come from prime, low yielding vineyard sites in and around Marlborough's Southern Valleys (Brancott and Ben Morven), and are vinified using ‘non-interventionist’ techniques. His range also includes a Wild Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay which are available at The New Zealand Cellar.
Over the long warm summer months, Snapper Rock spends endless days on the blue waters of New Zealand’s oceans at our favourite fishing spots or ‘Snapper Rock’s’ hoping to catch the elusive Snapper. They’ve crafted a range of wines that captures New Zealand’s maritime climate and unique terroir. They are best enjoyed with good food, great company, a setting sun and an open fire. If you visit them in Marlborough, why not ask to be taken fishing at Snapper Rock. Check them out here.
The Ward Valley Estate vineyard was planted in 2008 from bare pasture land by Freddy Davison - a 4th generation South Islander. Freddy searched for the perfect vineyard site around his home in the lower Awatere Valley and found a unique terroir in Ward.
The vineyard site was chosen as the soil structure is mainly clay based, with hard papa subsoil, gravels and clay loam. These denser, water retentive clay soils, combined with a cooler climate than the northern end of Marlborough made the site perfectly suited to growing Pinot Noir. Shop the Ward Valley Collection here.
Established in 1985, Nautilus is a small, family-owned winery in Marlborough. It is one of the few in the region that has remained under the same family ownership for over thirty vintages. Winemaker Clive Jones joined Nautilus in August 1998 previously having spent six years at Selaks Wines in Auckland before making the change to Nautilus Estate. During his time at Nautilus, Clive has overseen the Nautilus Pinot Noir programme from its inception, including the planting of modern, low yielding, premium Dijon clones and the design of a dedicated, gravity-flow Pinot Noir winery that was built in 2000, and was the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Clive is equally passionate about the other varietals at Nautilus and designed the Nautilus White Wine Cellar in 2006 with Marlborough’s flagship white varietal, Sauvignon Blanc, along with environmental considerations, firmly in mind. This dedication has been rewarded by numerous accolades and trophies over the years including 2018 Champion Sparkling wine at the NZ Wine of the year awards - Check it out here.
The Seifried story began in 1973 when Austrian born Hermann Seifried and his New Zealand wife Agnes had a dream of making wines in New Zealand’s sunshine capital - Nelson. From modest beginnings when Hermann and Agnes grafted the vines late into the night, to today when all three Seifried ‘children’ have returned home to play their part in growing the family business, Seifried Estate is a company devoted to sustainable winegrowing and producing the very best Nelson has to offer. The Seifried portfolio is broad and varied. Nelson is a region that offers amazing diversity in the vineyards with many styles and grape varieties doing consistently very well here. Look out for our Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah – and with just a few rows of the Austrian classics, Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt and Würzer, a German aromatic, there certainly is plenty to choose from - Check them out here.
Kim and Erica Crawford established Kim Crawford Wines at the end of 1996 and it was one of New Zealand’s first 'virtual wineries'. Grapes were sourced from contract growers, while the wine was made using other wineries’ facilities with sales. Marketing and administration was run from their central Auckland home. However, Kim sold the company to Constellation back in 2005 and handed the winemaking reins over to the Constellation team, led by chief winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst. Despite Kim Crawford no longer being involved with these wines, the current winemakers continue to stay true to the Crawford philosophy and style, and have continued the name excellently. Control over grape supply has always been essential for this range and Constellation continues to maintain good contacts with growers in the region, ensuring consistency of quality and style.
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