There is more to New Zealand wines than just sauvignon blanc! Indulge in some stunning and unique New Zealand wines that demonstrate the true variety of wines that can be produced in the picturesque country.
Senior Winemaker from Esk Valley, Gordon Russell, will be at Bin 526 tasting us through their wines and teaching about the diversity of New Zealand winemaking.
Wines to be Presented
- Villa Maria Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
- Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc
- Villa Maria Unoaked Chardonnay
- Esk Valley Chardonnay
- Villa Maria Rosé
- Esk Valley Boreaux blend
Must be 21+ to attend. This class size is limited to 30 attendees.
Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gordon Russell – Senior Winemaker Bio:
Gordon Russell has established himself as one of New Zealand's most recognized winemaking identities with his passionate approach to winemaking, and the enormous success he has achieved with his wines in tastings and competitions.
Born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Gordon’s desire to travel took him to England and Europe for three years after university. He had always been interested in different flavors and trying new food so during his time abroad he naturally also developed an appreciation for fine wine.
In 1986 Gordon returned to New Zealand, just when the wine styles for which New Zealand has become highly regarded were beginning to emerge. Gordon was appointed as Esk Valley winemaker in 1993, after working for Villa Maria in Auckland as a cellar hand from 1987 and then as assistant winemaker to Grant Edmonds at Esk Valley from 1990.
Gordon strives to make wines that tell the story of the vineyards from which they came. Experience has taught him that with attention to detail in vineyard, the winemaking process becomes simple and a hands off affair. Esk Valley’s aim is to produce a natural style of wine utilising wild yeast and long term lees ageing. These are modern styles of wine made in a hand crafted manner.