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Wines that match the beauty of their locations

By Stephen Quinn | China Daily | Updated: 2011-12-31 07:52

Rippon vineyard on the edge of Lake Wanaka on New Zealand's south island must be one of the most photographed wineries in the world. The wines match the beauty of the location.

The late Rolfe Mills returned to his family farm in Wanaka in 1974 and planted rows of experimental vines near the house. Despite being mocked by locals, Mills and his family persisted, planting the first commercial vineyard block in 1982 and focusing on pinot noir, riesling, gewurztraminer and sauvignon blanc. Rolfe believed these varieties most suited the site.

His son Nick, who describes himself as an artisan winemaker, returned home in 2002 after four years in Burgundy. A superb range of pinot noirs is the product of extensive training in Burgundy.

Wines that match the beauty of their locations

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