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The siblings represent every major wine region, every major grape variety.

Family Shenanigans

Every sibling has something to share.

In extraordinary times, family is everything.  The Family of XII is a collective of wineries spread across New Zealand. We are united by values, but each winery occupies a unique space within the world of New Zealand wine.  Like many Kiwi businesses, our Family of XII are navigating troubled waters during the global pandemic. We’re […]

Third Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial for 2020 Announced

The Family of Twelve are up for a third wine tutorial. “It’s hugely entertaining, educational and collegial” says Family Chair Paul Donaldson. The first two tutorials attracted some of the best wine professionals from Australia and New Zealand. And the feedback was terrific. The tutorial is now regarded as a pinnacle event in the New […]

Application Information – Wine Tutorial 2nd-4th August 2020

The tutorial is open globally to those working with New Zealand wine, in the areas of sommelier, wine retail, wine education and wine journalism (NB it is not open to wine distributors, winemakers and viticulture roles).  The determining force for selection is the applicant’s potential and desire to make a difference; to contribute meaningfully to […]

‘The Family of Twelve Award’ scooped by Australian sommelier

L to R: Blair Walter of Felton Road, Melissa Moore & Helen Masters of Ata Rangi “The Family are very proud to have hosted our second annual Wine Tutorial.  It feels like we’ve created an institution with a life of its own that will help take fine New Zealand wine into the future.” Family Chair […]

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