Georges Michel – French Invade Marlborough


George Michel is another Frenchman who has uprooted his family and transplanted himself and them in Marlborough, to make wine. George, the former owner of Chateau de Grandmont in the Beaujolais region, settled to plant 35 ha of vines in the ‘Golden Mile' Raupaura district of Marlborough in 1997. The varieties planted are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier and Syrah, the vineyards under the care of fellow Frenchman and pioneer Daniel Le Brun. Since 2005, the wines have been made by Georges and Huguette's daughter Swan Michel. The wines are primarily marketed under the ‘Golden Mile' and ‘La Reserve' with a number of specialty wines also in the range. The Michel's gardens of their homestead ‘Hortensia House' are open to the public, and ‘La Veranda' restaurant is a popular dining destination. The Michel's have invaded Marlborough and certainly made it their home! www.georgesmichel.com

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