New Zealand Herald

13 October 2013 : Biking between the vines

...Along the road we spot pheasants and turkeys among the vines at Takatu Vineyard (www.takatulodge.co.nz). We think they must be feeding them up for a turkey roast, but owner Heather Forsman tells us they're wild and get shooed off to another property if they get in the way.

The Forsmans grow grapes according to the region, which means Bordeaux-style wines such as merlot, cabernet franc and malbec. They also make a beautiful rose called Poppies. Their handcrafted wines have no additives and sell to Michelin-starred restaurants all over the world. Peter Gordon buys pallets of it to take back to London...

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