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Owned by French born entrepreneur Georges Michel, former owner of Chateau de Grandmont in Burgundy, Georges Michel Estate was established in 1997, when Georges discovered the potential of the Marlborough region for producing top quality New Zealand varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah and the internationally renowned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Since then Georges Michel’s wines have been awarded numerous national and international Top Gold Awards in the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Georges Michel Estate is situated in the famous 'Golden Mile' area, which denotes a micro “terroir” renowned as the best in Marlborough for consistent production of fine fruit and intense flavours.
Swan Michel – Winemaker
Georges’ daughter, Swan, has headed the winemaking team since 2005. After gaining her degree in Viticulture and Oenology in Lincoln University, she went to France for the 2004 vintage at Chateau le Grand Verdus (Bordeaux) where she crafted the wines under the supervision of the world famous winemaker, Patrick Valette.
In 2005, after the vintage at the New Zealand family winery, Swan was part of the winemaking team at the famous Clos des Lambray (1er Cru – Burgundy – France) and in 2006, at the world famous Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Sancerre (France).