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Q&A with James Millton, Millton Vineyards, Gisborne

“You may think you’re standing on dirt, but it’s really the rooftop of another Kingdom!” What is the most memorable wine you’ve tasted? I very seldom taste wine as drinking is my preferred option and in terms of a memorable wine this is even more difficult as every wine has a memory and many are […]

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The Strength of the Gravels.

Craggy Range chief winemaker Matt Stafford travelled to Hong Kong in May to talk about why the famed Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay is worth its weight in stone. Craggy Range Chief Winemaker Matt Stafford had only just commenced harvesting the first parcel of the 2016 Gimblett Gravels Syrah when he received an invitation from […]

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’24 Families – Unrivalled History’ Auckland Tasting, 13 October 2016

Date: Thursday 13th October 2016 Time: 6pm – 8pm Location: Glengarry Wines, Victoria Park, 118 Wellesley St West, Auckland Cost: $35.00 pp 24 Families – Unrivalled History 24 Family owned wineries from across Australasia. Meet the families, taste their wines. Be a part of history in the making as the Next Generation of Australia’s First […]

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Wine Comfort Zone – get out of it!

When I meet someone who ‘only drinks Sav’ or ‘only drinks bubbles’ I feel quite sad – there is an enormously interesting world of wine out there that even wine nuts like me will never get to experience much of! Not all ‘Savs’ are the same. If the pungent, passionfruit and pongy green pepper Sauvignon […]

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Judy Finn accepts chairship of The Family of Twelve

In an extended family group every member brings a different and distinct set of experiences and skills to the family table. To this end The Family of Twelve rotate the role of chair to ensure it benefits from the full range of talent and experience available to it. On August the 11th, the chairship passes […]

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Richard Riddiford (August 1950 – July 2016)

The Family wish to express our sincerest condolences to Richard Riddiford’s family and many friends. As a Family we’ve lost not only one of our founding fathers but a true friend and a great mentor. In seeing the opportunity for our group to work together Richard had the vision and passion to see that as […]

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Family of Twelve ‘Official Wine Partner’ first edition of the MICHELIN guide Singapore

New Zealand’s Family of Twelve are very pleased to announce that we will be the ‘Official Wine Partner – The MICHELIN guide Singapore 2016 Gala Dinner’ to celebrate the launch of the MICHELIN guide Singapore in collaboration with Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Taking place in Singapore on July the 21st the selection of the MICHELIN […]

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2016 Harvest – Family Roundup

Up and down the country our viticultural and winemaking teams are coming up for air after another busy harvest. As their harvest reports start to come in, we’re seeing some really positive and encouraging news across different varieties and regions. If there’s a theme emerging at this stage it’s one of elegance and balance, several […]

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