When Australian businessman Terry Peabody visited New Zealand in 1997, he immediately recognised his odyssey had reached its destination. He realised very quickly that the promise he’d made to his wife and daughter – to create an enduring family wine legacy – had come to fruition.
They may have expected Old World France. What they got was something altogether more interesting. Terry sensed a new and exciting possibility in New Zealand, a potential he hadn’t seen elsewhere despite an extensive search of the world’s well-known wine regions.
The exceptional climate and the spirit of the people aligned with his own philosophy and desire to cut a new path. His ambition was not merely to emulate the greatest examples of wine styles in the world – it was bolder.
He wanted to create new benchmarks with wines that would become internationally regarded as World classics – wines that would be listed in the world’s greatest restaurants and sold by fine wine merchants. This is the philosophy behind our presenters for September, continuing with the fine list of Hawkes Bay wineries who have presented at our club. More detail next newsletter, but clearly an evening to look forward to.