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Yealands Estate Review
Peter Yealand has a vision as big as his vineyards, and neither are small. Sustainability is an absolute focus and he has measured and offset all greenhouse gas emissions from day one, and he's been recognized internationally for his achievements. On New Zealand's largest private vineyard with a massive, state-of-the-art winery, it's an impressive vision. Sauvignon blanc is the star wine but the winery also does great things with the pinot gris, riesling, viognier, and pinot noir grapes. Yealands has free tastings of all their wines, including their noted Estate range, and there are audiovisual displays and interactive monitors to enhance your experience. Visitors are also welcome to drive themselves around the vineyard on the "White Road." It takes about 15 minutes. Visitors are also encouraged to take a close look at the vines, the natural mussel shell and grape waste compost, and the baby doll sheep (non-fossil-fuel grass mowers!). The drive encompasses stunning views, from steep coastal cliffs across the massive vineyard to the snow-capped Kaikoura Mountains.
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