Marlborough, New Zealand
In the 1970s, cinematographer Michael Seresin left New Zealand for a career in Hollywood. After several successful decades in the entertainment industry, he had a strong desire to get back to his roots and establish a winery that focused on making quality wines in the most natural way possible – a vision he wanted to pursue back home in NZ. He returned in the 1990s to establish Seresin Estate in Marlborough Sound, where today it stands as a prime example of everything a 'living' vineyard should be.
The Seresin team follows the philosophy that the vineyard should exist in harmony with other aspects of the land, allowing nature to take its course. The estate uses only organic and biodynamic farming methods, with animals living throughout the vineyard to provide biodiversity. This ethos is embodied in a simple icon – the hand – man’s first mark on earth and a symbol of the importance of tradition and nature in creating wines.
Seresin Estate is a new world winery that takes an old world approach to winemaking, and as they say, they're in no hurry when it comes to their wines. Their methods – like fermenting with wild yeast from the vineyard and letting wines spend time in the bottle or barrel before release – take a little more time, but result in a unique sense of place. Good things come to those who wait.