Pinot Central

Pinot Central : A Winemaker's Story

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When Alan Brady planted his experimental vineyard on a few dusty acres in Gibbston, Central Otago, leading experts warned that the region was too cold to sustain a viable wine industry. Brady, an Irish born journalist with no experience of winemaking, doggedly persisted with his experiment. Ten years later, his Gibbston Valley Wines was attracting international attention and winning numerous awards for its Pinot Noir. Brady had proved the sceptics wrong. Today Central Otago Pinot Noir is recognised as some of the finest in the world. This is the story of New Zealand's most spectacular wine region told with wit and honesty by one of its seminal pioneers. It's a story of Kiwi ingenuity and Irish obstinacy and the magic spell of a landscape like no other. Alan Brady captures the optimism and determination of the early winegrowers as well as their passion for a grape variety that, while unpredictable and elusive, ultimately seduces all who fall under its thrall.
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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • colour photographs
  • 0143205102
  • 9780143205104

About Alan Brady

Alan Brady was born in Northern Ireland and trained as a journalist. He moved to New Zealand in 1960 and worked for the Manawatu Evening Standard and the Otago Daily Times before beginning his television news career with NZBC in 1969. Later he worked on the ground-breaking Inquiry and headed the TV One newsroom in Dunedin. In the late '70s Brady and his wife purchased a property in Gibbston, Central Otago. Brady spent two years as editor of Mountain Scene and freelanced as a documentary-maker until 1990, when he became a full-time winemaker. Alan Brady is a pioneer of the Central Otago wine industry and founder of the famous Gibbston Valley Wines. He left Gibbston in 1997 to build the acclaimed Mount Edward winery. At 74 Brady continues to live and make wine in Central Otago.
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