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The oldest vineyard on Waiheke has passed into the hands of the University of Auckland.
It will become a wine science faculty thanks to the continued vision of winemaking pioneers Kim and Jeanette Goldwater.
The university has acquired the Waiheke property through a commercial transaction and the Goldwaters gifting back $4 million of the purchase price to the wine science programme.
The 14-hectare vineyard above Putiki Bay was first planted in 1978. It will now have two operations.
An established team will continue to produce wines commercially under the Goldie brand and Island label.
Wine science students will be producing their own wines for teaching purposes under the university’s Ingenio label, work as interns in the commercial operation and have access to the fruit and data for research.
During the first half of the year-long postgraduate diploma wine science students will live at Goldwater.
They will be exposed to everything from vineyard and winemaking operations to interaction with the public in the tasting room.
This shot of Sirah maturing in French Oak Barrels in the cellars at Goldie Estate Vineyard on Waiheke Island, New Zealand taken with Pentax k-r on 21 July 2011.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Minor adjustments to colour, shadows, highlights cropping and sharpening in PSE 9.
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