One of the pioneers of the Central Otago wine industry Black Ridge wines in Alexandra has been sold. Verdun Burgess and Sue Edwards established Black Ridge in the early 1980s and were part of a small enthusiastic bunch of pioneering growers. A small farewell function involving some of the other pioneers was held recently. Verdun and Sue - thanks for the fun times, great memories and beautiful wines we wish you well in your future pursuits.
Photo - check out that Rocky landscape!
Rob Hay(Chard Farm), Bill Grant(William Hill),Verdun Burgess(Black Ridge),Rudi Bauer(Quartz Reef), Jill Grant(William Hill),Dean Shaw(Cowco), Sue Burgess(Black Ridge),Grant Taylor(Valli),Alan Brady(Mt Edward)
Steven Joyce the Minister for Economic Development paid a visit to the Central Otago wine community recently. The visit to Chard Farm was part of a regional tour, looking at some of the success story industries in the region and issues affecting them. He met with representatives of the local wine industry including Winegrowers Chairperson - Lucie Lawrence, Warwick Hawker of Pisa Estate, Rob Hay of Chard Farm and local NZTE representative Alan Richardson.
We put Steven to work plunging some pinot while he was here. Rob Hay and Lucie Lawrence helped out with some friendly advice.
Finally - the end of the harvest for 2014 - yeehah! We had a fantastic crew this year and a lot of fun.
Special thanks again to our Vanuatuan seasonal workers - Vuni,Karlo,Hasan and Edward - their humble nature, work ethic and chanting! is always inspirational for the other troopers.
Nice one team.
Here's something you don't see every day. Our Assistant Winemaker, Tim Richards, intrigued by a very excitable Pinot "foam over".
Following in the family tradition, owner's daughter, Romy (14yrs) helping out in the cellar during school holidays. Here she is plunging the Pinot. Well done Romy!