Mystery wine arrives in the UK

Mystery wine arrives in the UK News Wine News
  • Thursday 12 April 2001

Maoris are not normally associated with winemaking yet their 1999 vintage is arriving on UK shores for the first time.

Tohu Wines, a wholly owned Maori wine company, is exporting 6000 cases of wine into the UK in only their second year of operation. The award-winning white wines in their range are Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Gisborne Chardonnay (pictured) and Gisborne Reserve Chardonnay.

They select grapes from Marlborough and Gisborne - the foremost wine growing regions in New Zealand- and already export their wine to Australia and the US.

Andy Lewis of AL Wine Services, the UK representative, describes the wine as 'herbaceous and stunning.' He adds, 'from what I've heard 2000 will be a very good vintage of excellent quality as well.'

The Tohu Wine company intend to build a big international brand and their UK sales (1500 cases) are already more successful than the US ones.

Although the Maoris do not have a wine-making tradition, the producers hope that the unique selling point of associating New Zealand's indigenous people with wine will capture the public's imagination.

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