Valentine joins in year's first grape pick

Wrights Vineyard and Winery expands the exports (and the love).

Wrights Vineyard and Winery expands the exports (and the love).

LOVE IN THE VINES: Valentines Day was the perfect start for the first grape pick for the 2017 vintage in Gisborne yesterday. At the back are Geoff Wright presenting his love Nicola Wright with a sunflower. Nicola is holding their son Guy Wright, 2. At the front are the rest of the wright crew, from left, Noah Wright, 9, Otto Wright, three-and-half-months, Elijah Wright 7 and Luke Wright 5. Picture by Liam Clayton
Crisobal Ochoa (left) and Andres Azanza, both from Mexico.
Their “United Nations” pickers included above, from left, Kendall Grace (Gisborne), Friederike Weber (Germany), and Carla Rosas (Chile).

Pictures by Liam Clayton
Young Noah Wright joined the crew.
Wrights first pick - Phillip Debenham (Gisborne).

THE first grapes harvested for the 2017 vintage came in today, on Valentines Day in Gisborne, with a bit of a romantic twinge.

Wrights Vineyard and Winery owners Geoff and Nicola Wright picked grapes for their verjuice today, sold to restaurants around New Zealand.

Nicola, a lawyer, came to Gisborne to find Mr Right, who she hoped would be a wine maker, 15 years ago.

Now married and with half a football team of boys to help, love is still in the air at the Manutuke vineyard and winery.

With no roses nearby, Geoff presented Nicola with a sunflower as the harvest began this morning.

“It’s quite romantic harvesting grapes on Valentines Day, but also hard work,” he said.

Metservice have compared this year’s summer to 1998, which produced some stunning wines from this region, Geoff said.

“At present our grapes are one-and-a-half weeks ahead this year. Touch wood the season carries on being a stunner for the Gisborne wine region.”

He has just returned from a sales trip around New Zealand.

“Our organic wines are in huge demand all around the country. Our Chinese market is expanding and we have now set up a merchant team in China promoting our wines and we plan to utilise Alibaba online platform this year.

“In years to come our grapes from Gisborne Vintage 2017 will be in high demand. We are excited to be part of this journey for the Gisborne wine region.”

THE first grapes harvested for the 2017 vintage came in today, on Valentines Day in Gisborne, with a bit of a romantic twinge.

Wrights Vineyard and Winery owners Geoff and Nicola Wright picked grapes for their verjuice today, sold to restaurants around New Zealand.

Nicola, a lawyer, came to Gisborne to find Mr Right, who she hoped would be a wine maker, 15 years ago.

Now married and with half a football team of boys to help, love is still in the air at the Manutuke vineyard and winery.

With no roses nearby, Geoff presented Nicola with a sunflower as the harvest began this morning.

“It’s quite romantic harvesting grapes on Valentines Day, but also hard work,” he said.

Metservice have compared this year’s summer to 1998, which produced some stunning wines from this region, Geoff said.

“At present our grapes are one-and-a-half weeks ahead this year. Touch wood the season carries on being a stunner for the Gisborne wine region.”

He has just returned from a sales trip around New Zealand.

“Our organic wines are in huge demand all around the country. Our Chinese market is expanding and we have now set up a merchant team in China promoting our wines and we plan to utilise Alibaba online platform this year.

“In years to come our grapes from Gisborne Vintage 2017 will be in high demand. We are excited to be part of this journey for the Gisborne wine region.”

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