An innocent question by the young pilot may possibly have confused both of us, â€˜what are you like flying in small planes Mr Jones?â€™
Once recognised as the Capital of New Zealand Chardonnay, this secluded wine region is a bustling seaside gem producing an array of wine varieties at a super league level. Alan Knight the new President of the Gisborne Winegrowers is beating the drums to make not only New Zealand aware of their quality produce but is very keen to see these wines make their way to the UK market.
Based in the Kumeu Wine Region some 30 minutes from Auckland, this world renown Chardonnay producer was hit by frost over the weekend which destroyed part of one of their vineyards. A freak overnight change in temperature gave no warning so they had not hired the usual helicopters (n.b.) to protect the vines.