Two Paddocks Pinot Noir: Sam Neill on his wine obsession – S6E6

Two Paddocks wine company was founded by actor Sam Neill in Central Otago, New Zealand, with Two Paddocks Pinot Noir its flagship wine.

The venture began in 1993 when Sam planted five acres of pinot noir in the Gibbston subregion of Central Otago.



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Two Paddocks has since expanded its holdings to include three other small vineyards in the Alexandra and Bannockburn districts.

Sam fell in love with the pinot noir grape when he first tasted Burgundy in Europe in the late 1970s.

Sam Neill holding Two Paddocks Pinot Noir
Two Paddocks founder Sam Neill

He joins us this episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast to discuss the winemaking career he has had in parallel with his acting over the last 27 years.

It’s been a pivotal few years for Two Paddocks, which Sam tells us is now making the best wines it ever has, and is finally getting the respect it deserves from critics.

He spoke to me from Sydney prior to setting off for London to reprise his role as Dr Alan Grant in Jurassic World: Dominion, the sixth film in the Jurassic Park franchise.

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir is available in Australia through Vintage Cellars and selected independent retailers.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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