Okay, we've heard a lot of crazy stories about how some people got into the wine business, but Michael Seresin, owner of Seresin Estate in Marlborough and maker of our Momo, may be the craziest.
It starts out innocently enough. Michael was born and raised in New Zealand. He became a cinematographer, married, had children and decided to move to Rome. That's where the wine bug hit.
He then moved to London, where he became one of the top cinematographers there, working on such heralded projects as the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour.
He would visit Italy often, and eventually his wine affliction became too great to ignore. So in 1992, he journeyed home to Marlborough and founded the first biodynamic and organic estate in New Zealand. Now that's quite a picture.
Balancing his wine operation while traveling the world working on such highprofile movies as Planet of the Apes and Harry Potter sounds exhausting, even on paper. But, some people excel in things that others wouldn't even attempt.
Biodynamic farming means that every plant and organism on the land helps to define this ultimate elixir. No herbicides or pesticides are found here and every possible route to sustainability is followed. The end product is the most perfect rendition of Sauvignon Blanc imaginable, with all the sensory high points hitting on every pour, in every pore and more.