Wairarapa, New Zealand
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The Borthwick family have a fairly long history in New Zealand wine, and a really long history in food. For six generations, the Borthwicks have been involved in meat or ranching, with winemaking being a more recent addition. Around the turn of the previous century, Paddy Borthwick’s great-great-grand father, Sir Thomas Borthwick, was a butcher and entrepreneur. Sir Thomas was involved in the very first exporting of frozen meat from England to various parts of the world. In 1936, Paddy’s grand father moved to New Zealand and purchased a large cattle ranching station 100 km north of Wellington. Paddy’s father continued that farming tradition, and is still active in the sheep and cattle side of the business, with 700 head of cattle and 1000 sheep on the property.
In 1985 Paddy Borthwick saw the potential of wine farming and decided to diversify the family business. He attended Roseworthy College in Australia and in 1996, together with his father Robin, they planted 27 hectares of vines. The vines are now over 20 years old and producing high quality fruit. The family tradition of food has been very nicely complimented by wine. Borthwick’s is located on the North Island in an area well suited for viticulture. The days receive a lot of sunshine and the nights get nice and cool. The Borthwicks are fortunate in that they own so much land, they are able to select the sites best suited for wine grapes and leave the rest for sheep and cattle grazing.