Meet the Producer
The fruit for our New Zealand wines come from different locations to allow for greater complexity, texture and flavor. Awatere Valley dominates the blend, with vineyards located on both sides of the river in three sub-regions. The remaining portion is a blend from the Wairau Valley, in the Rapura district and the Southern Valleys.
About the Winemaker
Having been with Boutinot since 1989 it’s fair to say Samatha Bailey’s seen more than a few changes. To rewind a little, what happens when you visit France as an au pair, study French at university and then end up with a work placement in Burgundy (Beaune)...wine gets to be a (big!) part of your life, despite career advice suggesting you should go into accounting!
Her first first job was with the very prestigious UK-based Wine Society in their marketing department, and then with Boutinot. The learning curve wasn’t so much a curve as a vertical climb but so exhilarating – tasting, playing, blending, learning. When you start with good ingredients the result can be formidable… BUT it’s not good enough to do formidable once – it’s got to be done every time and that’s demanding but then life without a challenge would be boring!
Originally it was just French wine but as time passed we started to work in South Africa then Australia, Chile, Argentina, California, New Zealand and more. She does have a soft spot for South Africa, especially Chenin and Sauvignon.
Samantha is probably now more than half French if one considers the length of time she’s been there. She lives in a lovely part of France with her Portuguese husband and two girls, having managed to integrate into the village community and becoming almost one of the locals.
As she simply states: ‘I was born in England but France is home, and I absolutely love the wine adventure that started 28 years ago and is still ongoing.’