NZ wine families find collaboration the vital ingredient in the UK

NZ Cellar logoCelebrating their tenth anniversary in 2015 The Family of Twelve is a group of twelve family owned New Zealand wineries who share a passion for perfection and sharing their love of New Zealand wine.

The Family of Twelve, in collaboration with London based specialist wine merchant The New Zealand Cellar, recently launched ‘The Twelve Case’ to an enthusiastic crowd of ninety wine lovers at a sold-out tasting event at New Zealand House in London.  This first of its kind mixed-dozen features a wine from each Family winery showcasing a superb palette of New Zealand’s finest wines from eight different regions.  The Family of Twelve reflect not just the regionality and diversity of New Zealand‘s wine landscape but their philosophy of winegrowing anchored to a true sense of place. The Family of Twelve proudly describe themselves as “a fraternity of New Zealand’s most prestigious and enduring artisanal wineries from around the country.  We’re all family owned but bound together by the love of our craft and our enjoyment of showing our wines the world over”.

The New Zealand Cellar was the brainchild of expat New Zealander Melanie Brown who said “The Family of Twelve are a very inspiring Wine Family of New Zealand. All twelve producers work together with synergy and professionalism allowing us the pleasure of representing their dedication and above all premium wines for consumers in the UK. The launch event at New Zealand House was a huge success and we are hugely proud to be exclusively showcasing all twelve families within The Twelve Case”.

Sold out six weeks prior, the event was hosted by Melanie Brown, The New Zealand Cellar proprietor, along with Tim and Judy Finn of Neudorf Vineyards who represented The Family of Twelve, having made the journey from New Zealand. Among the guests were the Right Honourable Sir Lockwood Smith, New Zealand High Commissioner, Chris Stroud of New Zealand Winegrowers and wine writer John Stimpfig of Decanter magazine.

‘The Twelve Case’ would make the perfect Christmas gift for family or friends in the UK and Europe. The wine will be gift-boxed and delivered straight to the lucky recipient’s door, along with bespoke tasting notes for each wine.  For the month of December The New Zealand Cellar would like to offer KEA readers a special Christmas offer of £244.99 – use promotional code KEA.  Free delivery within the UK.  Available online here

The Family of Twelve are:

Kumeu River – Villa Maria  – The Millton Vineyard – Craggy Range – Ata Rangi – Palliser Estate – Neudorf Vineyards – Nautilus Estate – Fromm Winery – Lawson’s Dry Hills – Pegasus Bay – Felton Road.