AP­PEL­LA­TION CALL

NZ House & Garden - - DRINKS -

In­spired by the French, Marl­bor­ough’s top winer­ies want to safe­guard their rep­u­ta­tion so wine lovers can more eas­ily dis­tin­guish the good stuff from bulk wine. So far 40 winer­ies are in­volved in the Ap­pel­la­tion Marl­bor­ough Wine (AMW) ini­tia­tive, and Dog Point win­ery’s Ivan Suther­land (pic­tured) says it’s needed to pro­tect the brand recog­ni­tion of qual­ity Marl­bor­ough sauvi­gnon blanc. To qual­ify wine must meet strict cri­te­ria in­clud­ing be­ing made from 100 per cent Marl­bor­ough-grown grapes. If it says AMW on the la­bel of your next sauvi­gnon blanc, you are about to en­joy one of Marl­bor­ough’s finest wines.

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