No to the status quo

After 20 years in the wine trade learning from the many eminent and distinguished experts who dominate the industry, I am about to release the first wine that I dare put my name on.

It comes from a tiny piece of dirt on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Like the island itself, it is salty, harmonious, complex and refreshing.

Before moving to London in 1997, I studied and worked in the New Zealand wine industry for three years. I love New Zealand wines. I love their intensity, their ripeness, their richness. These more-ish, pungent, primary qualities of many of New Zealand’s wines have been responsible for much of their success in the international market.

Preparing to launch the inaugural Sam Harrop wine.Most sensible people would assume that with this clear formula for success I would follow suit. But the memories of the myriad of European wines I had tasted and had a hand in making over the years, still lingered. I wanted to challenge expectations and see if I could take New Zealand-grown fruit somewhere it hadn’t been before.… Read more >