The New Zealand winery in the Wairau Valley in the Marlborough wine-growing region (South Island) was founded in 1985 by Australian entrepreneur David Hohnen, the former owner of Cape Mentelle in Western Australia. He thus founded the boom here. It was later sold to the champagne house Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, which belongs to the LVMH group. The 140 hectares of vineyards are mainly planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as smaller amounts of Riesling, Sémillon and Gewürztraminer. Grapes of other varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, are purchased from five grape-growing farms that are bound by long-term contracts.
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