Old surfers never die, they buy up a coastal paddock and plant grapes on it. It wasn’t really that straight forward for Tim Turvey, co-founder & original winemaker of Clearview Estate Winery. After years of hard graft in various pursuits always connected to the land, he let his interest in wine get the better of him when he and partner Helma van den Berg bought a block of land on the coast at Te Awanga. After more hard graft, the pair opened Clearview Estate Winery and Restaurant in 1991. The restaurant was one of the first in New Zealand to offer alfresco vineyard dining and the winery’s first release of Reserve Chardonnay took the trophy for the top wine at the Royal Easter Show. This success still continues today, Clearview employs 20-50 people, exports to 10 countries, and produces 180,000 bottles of award-winning wine.
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