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New Zealand winemakers come to Avon

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Special to the DailyAfter seven years of winemaking in France, Australia and the United States, Paddy Borthwick returned home in 1996, to Wairapa on New Zealand's north island, to establish the family vineyard of Borthwick Estate.
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AVON – Avon restaurant and wine bar, vin48, hosts a New Zealand focused wine tasting Thursday. Winemakers Paddy Borthwick and Andrew Greenhough will be at vin48 to pour their favorite summer wines from their Borthwick, Greenhough and Paper Road labels. The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the restaurant’s wine bar.-

“We are very excited to have Paddy and Andrew at vin48,” said Greg Eynon, owner/wine director vin48.-“I think our guests will be blown away by the quality of wines coming out of New Zealand from these guys.”

After seven years of winemaking in France, Australia and the United States, Borthwick returned home in 1996, to Wairapa on New Zealand’s north island, to establish the family vineyard of Borthwick Estate. The exceptional terrior of Wairapa allows Borthwick to produce distinctive Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Reisling. Borthwick Estate wines have quickly become a benchmark for boutique wineries in New Zealand.

Greenhough is located in Hope, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. In late 1990, Greenhough and Jenny Wheeler moved to Nelson to embark on a new challenge and way of life. The four hectare property they bought had been established in 1976 as a small vineyard and winery and it was here that the apprenticeship in viticulture and winemaking began.-In the intervening years the home property has been expanded to 11 hectares, the original plantings largely redeveloped and the winery modernized. A small block of much valued Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc vines, now over 30 years old, remains.


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