[Cellar Talks] S03E05 New Zealand – Inna Udartzeva

On Friday the 30th of April we are joined by Inna Udartzeva for another edition of our talk show “Cellar Talks”. Kristy will join us to talk about her career in wine and the New Zealand as a wine country.

About the United States

New Zealand’s wine regions extend 1,100km from subtropical Northland (35° S) down to Central Otago (45° S), home to the world’s most southerly vineyards. The vineyards benefit from the moderating effect of our maritime climate (no vineyard is more than 120km from the ocean), long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes.

Most of its wine regions are found on the eastern coastlines of the North and South Islands, in the rain shadow of the mountains, each with its own unique soils and climatic conditions. Within these diverse regions, subregional characteristics shine through and wines are distinguished as being not just from a wine region, but from a subregion and a place.

In terms of classification New Zealand recently (in 2016) started working on a new system; the Geographical Indications (GI). The new legislation is a significant step forward and provides international safeguard for New Zealand’s geographic names. GI’s – the names and places where NZ wines come from – are at the very heart of the New Zealand wine story, and this new law provides a heightened level of protection for them.

The country is home to a wide variety of wines (the main grape variety is Sauvignon Blanc) both white & red, and NZ winegrowers continue to plant new varieties and experiment with success. NZ wine is a big success story on the export market with a total volume of about 300 million liters, worth around 2 billion NZD. Biggest partners are the wine markets in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Germany, China and the Netherlands. 

About Inna Udartzeva

Inna is a representative of Villa Maria, New Zealand’s largest (family owned) wine company. She is a an experienced wine professional and travels around Europe to talk about New Zealand, it’s wine regions and wines. In her role she works closely together with organisations like “New Zealand Winegrowers” and “New Zealand Enterprise” to stimulate and promote trade between New Zealand and Europe. Her mission is to educate as many people as possible on the different wine regions in New Zealand and wines from New Zealand in general.

The Tasting

As part of the show we will be tasting one of New Zealand’s most exclusive red wines, The Terraces 2014 by Esk Valley (located in Hawkes Bay). This iconic single vineyard blend (consisting of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is only produced in excellent years and small amounts (around 250 bottles). Winemaker Gordon Russell is the creator of this masterpiece.

We are looking forward to talking to Inna and learning from her background, experiences and New Zealand as a wine country. Be sure to tune in on Instagram Live through our Dutch Wine Apprentice account on Friday the 30th of April, 19:30h CET.

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You can find a link to the recording of the show here.