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Kumeu River is one the longest established and most recognised producers in New Zealand. Founded in 1944 by Mick Brajkovich, a Croatian immigrant, it was one of the early pioneers in Auckland that helped establish the country as an excellent wine producing area, particularly with its flagship variety, Sauvignon Blanc. Today, it boasts 30 hectares of vines based on predominantly clay soils overlying a sandstone base. Despite Sauvignon Blanc being the most famous variety from the country, Kumeu River's Chardonnays are the highlight of their portfolio and have won many accolades theworld over.
On the Eastern border of France lying between the Vosges mountains and the Rhine river, this much-disputed area has for a large part of its existence been in the hands of Germany. This is visually apparent in the half-timbered houses lining the streets in medieval-looking villages and vinously evident in the prevalence of white wine in the region. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat make up the majority of plantings and are the only varieties permitted in the Alsace Grand Cru appellation. Pinot Noir (the only significant black grape variety), Pinot Blanc, Chasselas and Sylvaner also get a look in. Wines are made in all styles from sparkling and dry to the most unctuously sweet botrytised pudding wines.