The name Catalina Sounds evolved from the majestic Catalina flying boats that played a vital role across the South pacific during and after World War II. New Zealandâs famous and largest warbird, the Catalina is a rare sight, in fact there are only a handful of these beautiful, iconic planes left in the world today, and we are lucky enough to be associated with one based right here in New Zealand. Through our sponsorship of this rare, passenger carrying, amphibious flying boat we are in some small way helping to ensure the Catalina continues to grace the skies around the stunning Marlborough Sounds and high over the vineyards in the Waihopai Valley where we have made our home.We draw inspiration for our wines from these graceful, unique flying boats and the respect in which they are held, together with the pristine and awe inspiring environment of the Marlborough Sounds â right on our doorstep. With attention to detail, we strive for our wines to step outside the norm and show individuality and personality, garnering respect wherever they are poured, while harnessing the purity and vibrancy that Marlboroughâs climate and landscape are naturally blessed with.Here at Catalina Sounds Wines we are proud to have an on-going association with the New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society and hope to continue our past sponsorship of the plane at various air shows and events.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir
My philosophy is simple; source outstandingfruit from exceptional vineyard sites. Oncethe fruit has been harvested, I believe myrole is to simply steer the fruit in the rightdirection in order to best express the vibrantfruit !avours that Marlborough is renownedfor while respecting the subtle di"erences ofeach site.My aspiration at Catalina Sounds is tocontinue producing excellent quality winesof beautiful fruit expression, interest, #nesseand balance. I will strive to create wines ofgreat honesty and integrity that are true totheir site, while attempting to incorporatecomplexity and longevity into the wines.There is something very special aboutMarlborough. I am yet to visit a more ideallylocated wine region and a climate moresuited to high quality cool-climateviticulture. Since working in a bottle storewhile studying in Adelaide and noticing theever increasing interest in wines from theregion and still after having lived here for sixyears, I continue to be fascinated with thediversity of styles of wine that this region canproduce and what may evolve in the future.And then of course thereâs the outdoorlifestyleâfrom the snow-capped mountainsand alpine lakes in one directi
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