Vigneron's Notes

A family wine estate from New Zealand. We craft traditional wine styles that emphasise texture, mouthfeel and persistence of flavour.

Month: February, 2017

Group Tastings

We make food friendly wines and there is no better way to experience this than a wine tasting matched with food. Earlier this month we hosted one of these such tasting events at Duncan Cotterill Lawyers. Eight wines paired with four tastes, not necessarily as a match but as a sensation, to understand flavours, perceptions and how elements of food and wine both compliment and alter one another.
The format includes four tastes, high acid/low sugar, salty, rich/fatty and nutty, paired with eight individual wines from our range. With Guy to guide the tasters on the winemaking, wine style and food composition plus time allowed for generous discussion, this makes for a unique and informative after work or in home social occasion.
Guy often travels to major cities and can host such an event with groups of 12-18 interested tasters. To register interest or to find out more, please email Guy.


Pinot 2017 & Pinot Palooza

At the beginning of February over 600 people gathered in Wellington for a week of pure NZ Pinot Noir. This was a great opportunity for New Zealand to show off its Pinot Noir to the world, with writers and distributors coming from across the globe. To taste, listen and discuss for 3 days. The event itself is self-assured in culture, staunchly NZ  with little mention of Burgundy and plenty of references to our own sense of place and the styles emerging from various regions.  Certainly New Zealand Pinot Noir has come a long way in 30 years. As a country we make a diverse and distinctive range of Pinot Noir.

In addition a Pinot Palooza event ran for the public.  This was a fantastic opportunity to taste over one hundred Pinots in one a single session.  It was a pleasure to meet Bellbird Spring fans, and to hear feedback on your favourite wines.

Guy Porter