October 12 – Brancott Estate, the initiator of Marlborough, New Zealand-style Sauvignon Blanc, has announced Laura-Kate Morgan as her new winemaker, making her the first female wine producer to hold the position.
Laura-Kate Morgan grew up in Marlborough, New Zealand, on a farm where she saw her parents establish their own vineyard. Quickly becoming a passion in her own right, Laura-Kate became involved in pressing and fermentation, which led her to study viticulture and oenology at Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand. After graduation, she studied abroad in different wineries to see other ways of doing things before returning to New Zealand with Brancott Estate.
About the Brancott estate
For more than 40 years, Brancott Estate has produced award-winning wines from Marlborough’s premier vineyard, now known as New Zealand’s most important and famous wine-making region. Brancott Estate is responsible for the origin and fame of the New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc which captures remarkable and distinctive flavors of the Marlborough region. Brancott Estate has always been committed to championing sustainability in all aspects of winemaking and is a founding member of New Zealand’s original Sustainable Viticulture Initiative. Brancott Estate recruits 1,900 sheep – fast workers and the perfect size – to help prepare for the harvest each year by pulling leaves from the vine canopies of the vineyard to discover clusters of ripening grapes.