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24 Jan 2012

Meet the Winemaker (Episode 108): Paul Brajkovich, Kumeu River Wines

Debra meets Paul Brajkovich of Kumeu River Wines, located in Kumeu, 26kms north-west of Auckland in New Zealand. A family owned and run winery, Paul explains to Debra how his brother Michael (chief winemaker and New Zealand’s first Master of Wine), his other brother Milan (a chemical engineer, who is Vineyard Director), his sister Marijana (Marketing Director who also looks after the finances) and himself (Director of Sales and Marketing) all answer to his mother Melba, who is the boss. Paul outlines the key export markets for Kumeu River Wines, as well as the winery’s history in Hong Kong.

Primarily a Chardonnay producer, Paul describes the key characteristics of Kumeu River Wines’ Chardonnays, and how they achieve balance, as well as giving Debra a comparison of the wines and climate in Kumeu with other more prominent wine regions in New Zealand.

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