New Zealand – Staete Landt Vineyard
Staete Landt is a boutique family owned and operated vineyard and winery. They are focused on producing ultra premium wines that truly represent the unique terroir of the famed “Golden Mile” in New Zealand’s most important wine region, Marlborough.
The Golden Mile is a special strip of land in the sub region of Rapaura; a unique microclimate (close to the Wairau river) creates the region’s best wine growing conditions. It’s home to some of the oldest and most famous Marlborough vineyards. All Staete Landt wines are estate grown and made with the firm belief that the best wines are wines with character, complexity and great balance.
Other Cool Stuff:
• A wine family we love… a lot. Ruud and Dorien Maasdam, Dutch by birth, moved their family to a New Zealand apple orchard in search of producing the country’s best wines.
• Incredible passion and dedication to quality: in depth soil analysis led them to identify 24 different blocks within their small vineyard. Each block is picked separately according to slight variations in maturation.
• The name, Staete Landt, references Dutch explorer Abel Tasman who discovered New Zealand in 1642 and proclaimed it “Staete Landt”, land for the Dutch state. Although that didn’t work out, the Maasdam family carries on the legacy of Tasman in the heart of Marlborough.
• Okay okay we know SAUVIGNON BLANC. Yep, theirs is elegant, nuanced and complex, WE KNOW. But have you tried the Chardonnays?! OR the Syrah?! Very exceptional expressions of both. Blew us away on our travels.