Artisan wine: small is beautiful

By Michael Cooper In Wine

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3rd January, 2013
What is “artisan” wine? Several producers joined forces recently under the banner of Artisan Winegrowers of Central Otago. The group’s six members – Auburn, Ellero, Georgetown Vineyard, Lindis River, Lowburn Ferry and TOSQ – barely make 5000 cases of wine a year between them. No wonder – they have to do everything. “The same people that own the brands are the people working in the vineyard, crafting the wine and selling the product.” In a recent book, Grape-A-Hol, Michael Spratt (owner of Destiny Bay Wines on Waiheke Island) and Mark Feldman argue the New Zealand ...

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