The Mark Wine News Winter '18 Volume 8.1 - Page 8

G R O W I N G When Theodore, Alex and Marcel Giesen were growing up in Germany, they were tracing their father’s footsteps. “We were planning on following in the family’s stonemason business in Germany,” says Theo Giesen, the eldest of three brothers who founded Giesen Winery in New Zealand. Their father was a Stonemason and they always assumed that’s what they would do. But once they got a taste of tending vineyards and making wine, things changed. “I suppose the wine ‘gene’ was in us all along. Our grandfather August, was a sommelier and restaurateur and that was quite an infl uence.” When they were teenagers, they even set up a hobby vineyard in their front yard. “ The vineyard was in front of our home. It was a steep slope; 11 terraces planted with Riesling. Tending the vineyard became a project of mine, with help from the neighbors. We made around 40 dozen each year, for ourselves, our neighbors, gifts and so forth.” Now you’re wondering how they got from Germany to New Zealand? Well, it all started when Theo and Alex decided to travel abroad. They were initially meandering through Australia and slowly made their way to New Zealand. “It was 1980,” says Theo, “and when we landed in New Zealand, the climate reminded us of home. It was such early days of winemaking in New Zealand but we knew wine and we knew how to grow vines in a cool climate.” And that’s exactly what they did. In 1981 they purchased land and planted a vineyard in Cantebury, which at the time was the 6 U P world’s southern-most vineyard. And then they made a very important telephone call. “We called home to our younger brother Marcel and strongly suggested he get his enology credentials and come make wine with us in New Zealand.” Two years later, all the chips were falling into place. “Marcel arrived in 1983 as the Giesen Winemake "f"W"VwW&fFvSB( Фb6W'6RFBv23RV'2vBB0VVB66RFV( vR'&VBWrV@vVW2fW"6G&V&6VR@ח6VbF&VRvRƗfR6&7F6W&6FR6PvR'&fVBf'7BBG&fV&VwV&ǒF&&&VvvW&RFRfW&G2&RBFRvW'2( ''pWrVBvV2BFW6R'&FW'26&RFWfR6&VB'W6W72fVW2BfRbvRFvWFW"FWfR7VFfFVB7&W2B7&W2`fW&G2B&GV6VBv&BvrvW2FW&R&RfWr&VǒFW&W7Frf7G2&WBWpVBvVƖwF2FR6WFW&7B6FFRv&BWrVB&V6RFRf'7B6VG'FvfRvVFR&vBFfFR2&G2&RFPǒFfRB2FR6VG'FR&W7@vW&RG&GV6VB'FR&2BWW&V2WpVBv2FR7B"F72F&RVFV@vFFRW6WFbFR"&Vv2B6 VFVB'FRf'7BF&V6FRV`VBWfW&W7BvF26Ɩ&r'FW"FV禖p&vv2WrVFW"&&V6B@2f6R2FRWrVBCR&FV2fWpDR$tRUu