Giesen wines Marlborough New Zealand
Giesen wines History
Giesen wines, setup by the 3 Giesen brothers Alex, Theo and Marcel in 1981. Alex and Theo were travelling the world and fell in love with New Zealand. Purchasing land just north of Christchurch to grow vines their story begins. At the time of planting, it was the most southerly vineyard in the world. Marcel went to wine making school in Germany and four years later joined his two brothers in New Zealand.
Wine production begins
In 1994 Giesen wines released their first vintage, hence their wines were very early in the growth of New Zealand wine. The Giesen brothers purchased their first block of land in the Marlborough region in 1993 where Sauvignon Blanc was getting increasing recognition.
In 2000 they made a big decision to build a new winery located in Marlborough. The size of the winery, and it continuing expansion, allowed for the growth of the business and they have grown steadily since 2000. Aligned with the new winery they sought good blocks of land within Marlborough. These blocks are in different parts of the region and produce slightly different flavours in the grapes, thus giving the winemaker options.
Today Giesen are one of the major producers with the Marlborough wine region.
Giesen market their estate wines under 2 main labels. The biggest production is their estate label. A range of easy drinking wines, fresh and fruity as one would expect from Marlborough wines. The Brothers range in made in smaller quantities. The vines are cropped lower therefore producing less fruit with more intensity. The wines are given more care and attention by the wine making team leading to wines for matching with food.
Small production wines
In recent years Giesen decided to make some very small production runs of single vineyard wines, therefore slightly unusual wines for Marlborough. in 2010 they released the first of these wines as a tribute to their grandfather and named August 1888, a traditional oak barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc. The Pinot Noir grape is the second most important variety in Marlborough. This grape expresses the different locations in Marlborough, therefore Giesen decided to produce a number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs. If you visit the cellar door and like Pinot Noir then make trying the single vineyard wines a priority.
Giesen wines cellar door with guests tasting wines during their Blenheim wine tour
Tasting wine during their Marlborough wine tour
Guests enjoying their platters during their wine tasting tour.