Vineyards are hot these days. Just ask my family members who have sought them out from Napa to New York. Overseas, we’ve made the historic vineyards of France and Italy to wine country in magical New Zealand special destinations.
There is a beautiful region near Nelson, New Zealand that features one vineyard after another. My daughter Erin and I explored and tasted wines there in December 2014. This photograph is taken on a summer afternoon near the Tasman Sea on the northern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. This family-owned vineyard Te Mania Estate made the best Chardonnay I’ve ever tasted. How I wanted to ship a crate of it home! Sauvignon Blanc is the variety most prevalent in the region, but the Kiwis make rieslings (that are not sweet like German rieslings), pinots, cabernets and other varieties.
This print is for sale through my website, and it’s also this week’s donation. My daughter Caitlin is a junior board member of Student Sponsor Partners of New York City, a non-profit that pairs high achieving adults to become long-term mentors to city school children. (Caitlin and her husband are mentors to two children.) A 20″ wide print of this vineyard will help to raise funds for the program.