Yealands Estate | Marlborough, New Zealand
Conventional wisdom says you shouldn't be able to plant vineyards in the rugged foothills of the Awatere Valley. Thankfully, Peter Yealands saw beyond conventional wisdom. Long hours and unstinting determination brought a gradual, sympathetic transformation of the landscape and the creation of the remarkable Seaview Vineyard - New Zealand's largest privately-held wine estate.
Given the scale of the undertaking it is apt that Peter's vision encompassed the foundation of a business that holds environmental sustainability in the highest regard, from its carbon neutral winery to the widespread adoption of low-impact winemaking methods.
A remarkable vineyard and green approach doesn't necessarily guarantee success, but this is arguably the Southern Hemisphere's finest all round producer of aromatic white wines.