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New Domestic and International Sales Manager

We are so glad to introduce to you Akarua's amazing new Domestic and International Sales Manager, Zoë Ladyman, who started with us on the 15th January. Zoë has such an extensive and exciting background in wine  - just read her bio below. To be honest we don’t know how we will keep up – but we will try!


Zoë has recently relocated with her family from Melbourne. For three years there, she has been doubling sales of the clever Vinous portfolio to the best restaurants and wine stores of Victoria and Tasmania, and telling the stories of wines from, amongst others, France, Austria, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and most remotely – Georgia.


Previously, Zoë built and co-directed Libertine Restaurantwith husband Nick Creswick for eight years which was awarded one ‘Chef’s Hat’ and ‘Best Short Wine List’ (first of award of this kind) in 2007 and 3rd place for ‘Wine List of the Year’ in 2010 The Age Good Food Guide.  She opened and co-directed Le Traiteur between 2010 and 2012 whose heavily buttered croissants featured favourably in The Age 2011 Cheap Eats Guide. She was awarded Wine Selector Magazine 2006 ‘Sommelier of the Year’ and was Electrolux ‘Young Restaurateur’ Finalist in 2009. Zoë was the pioneer sommelier at Ezard and carved out the role in 2004; and before that at Terence Conran’s Bibendum in London for three years, recommending wine to Kylie Minogue, Geoffrey Rush, Brian Ferry, Salman Rushdie and Dame Judy Dench amongst names worth dropping.  In 2002, she worked as 'stage' Assistant Winemaker in Bordeaux at ‘La Fleur de Boüard’ (owned by Hubert de Boüard of Chateau Angelus) in Lalande de Pomerol.


Seeking her next challenge, Zoë was thrilled to accept the role of Domestic and International Sales Manager at Akarua and is looking forward to going deeply down the rabbit hole into the minute details of each vineyard, parcel and row (good luck with that Zoe – it might take you a while to cover 123 ha’s)! She is looking forward to spreading the good word of Akarua as far and as wide as possible.

She and Nick have two children, aged 10 and 8 who are very excited to be out of the big smoke and amongst the mountains of Central Otago. When not cosily inside a wine glass, you’ll find her running the trails of the spectacular alpine countryside around her new home town of Wanaka.

Akarua Kolo Pinot Noir 2015 ranked 5 stars and 97 points by MW Bob Campbell

Master of Wine recently reviewed our first release of our Kolo Pinot Noir and this was awarded a fantastic 97 points and a top 5 ranking of all rated Pinot Noir from 2015. Bob explains "Kolo is a two-hectare vineyard site on Felton Road planted in Dijon clones of pinot noir. This is a tight, yet powerful pinot noir with wonderful energy and vibrance. An appealing aroma leads to cherry, plum, violet, spice and anise flavours. The wine has a fantastically silken and ethereal texture"

Bannockburn Maori legend tells the story of Kolo, a young boy who bravely defended his Mother and sister from a menacing Bouakai eagle.  Our Kolo block, situated on the presitigous Felton Road, has been chosen for its unique location, soils and history of producing outstanding quality fruit. Akarua Kolo Pinot Noir 2015 has been produced from only the best four barrels taken from this single block property, chosen for being truly representative of our site, the vintage and Bannockburn Pinot Noir. 

Akarua Vintage Brut 2011 takes trophy at Romeo Bragato Wine Awards for the second year running

Romeo Bragato Conference 2017

New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato Conference is the largest and one of the most important conferences for grape growers and wine makers on the New Zealand calendar. 

The 2017 conference held at the ASB Theatre and Convention Centre in Marlborough, from Wednesday 30 August to Thursday 31 August, with the Conference Dinner hosted on Thursday evening at the Omaka Heritage Centre had a fantastic line up of speakers and topics covering all things viticulture and winemaking. 

We were thrilled to have been awarded the trophy for Champion Sparkling Wine for our Akarua Vintage Brut 2011 for the second year running! 

New Zealand's only Master Sommelier has awarded Akarua Riesling a fantastic 95 points in his latest aromatic tasting, with only a few remaining cases of the 2015 vintage it's the perfect chance to grab those last bottles to enjoy. 

After a warmer few months, the harvest has officially finished and just in time for another Central Otago cold snap. With morning frost on the ground, our delicious fruit is safely tucked up in the winery destined for your favorite wines. A big thank you to all of our hardworking vineyard and winery teams, we hope the beautiful views made those early morning just a little bit easier! 

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