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Winemaking

Expression of Seaview

Our winemaking philosophy at Yealands is to let the wines express their sense of place. This means we like to do minimal intervention and adjustments to the natural balance of the fruit received each harvest. Luckily out at our Seaview Vineyard we are blessed with fruit that has been expertly managed in the vineyard and comes from an exceptional site. Due to this, it invariably comes into the winery free of disease, full of flavour and with great potential for structure and balance.

Chief Winemaker

Natalie Christensen

Natalie Christensen, named by The Drinks Business as one of the World’s Most Influential Women in Wine in 2018, is a gifted winemaker with well over a decade of winemaking experience under her ever-colourful belt. With a Masters of Science degree, a Bachelor of Music from Canterbury University, a Graduate Diploma in Oenology, as well as being a classically trained double bass player, Natalie is far from being your average winemaker. Her ingenious blend of science and music facilitates the creation of wines that are both technically excellent and artistically exciting. For Natalie, there is a strong link between music and wine. She says that everyone in a room can be listening to a piece of music and each individual will be having a completely different experience. It’s the same with wine. Although a group may share a bottle of wine, their experience will be their own, unique discovery.

Natalie became part of the fulltime Yealands winemaking team in 2015 having already worked for other notable New Zealand wineries Saint Clair Family Estate and Matahiwi Estate. Prior to joining Yealands, she was Winemaker at La Cana in Rias Baixas, Spain making albariño for the Jorge Ordonez group. She became Yealands’ Chief Winemaker at the end of 2018.

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One of New Zealand's most coastal and sustainable vineyards.

Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, from the vineyard to the glass we are exploring new ways of protecting our land, minimising carbon emissions and preserving and enhancing our natural enviornment.

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Seaview Vineyard is one of the most coastal vineyards in New Zealand with breath-taking views across the Cook Strait.

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Discover our spectacular coastal vineyard in the Awatere Valley, nestled in the foothills of the Kaikoura ranges, with breath-taking vistas across the Cook Strait.

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Our wines are inspired by our stunning coastal location, and crafted with care to protect nature and our land

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