Rapaura Springs spreads its wings

Left to right: Matt Thomson, Gus Altschwager, Michael Bann and Sam Harrop MW (Photo: Rapaura Springs Wines)

Large family-owned Marlborough wine producer Rapaura Springs has expanded its winemaking team to boost the quality and quantity of its wine range. The team of nine includes two “rock-star” consultants Matt Thomson and Sam Harrop MW. Matt has his own label Blank Canvas and works for a range of winery clients around the globe but lives in Marlborough. Sam lives on Waiheke where he also produces his own wine called Cedalion (recently reviewed) but, like Matt, spends much of his working life globe-trotting as a winemaking consultant.

Heading up the expanded team is General Manager of Viticulture and Winemaking, Gus Altschwager, who has moved from his position as Marlborough Regional Winemaker at Oyster Bay. He joins the very capable Michael Bann who has headed winemaking in recent years.

Rapaura Springs produces around 100,000 cases of wine annually and has earned many accolades for its intense, powerful Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. They now plan to focus their attention on chardonnay and pinot noir.

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