this&that Magazine Marlborough July 2017 Edition - Page 16

STORY BY MAIRA HINE | PHOTO’S BY SUSIE WILLIAMS Delight In An Acclaim Having the privilege to sit down with Therese Her bistro menu, and be treated to a delicious wine tastin Okay, hands up who’s been to Herzog’s? You may have indulged yourself at Herzog Est organic wines, but have you taken the opportunity to cosy up by the fire for the Herzog it’s only for the fine dining enthused, Herzog’s Estate also offers your whole hear Please join me as I take you on a journey of Hans Herzog Estate, the Marlborough icon bestowed on our region for our food and wine pleasure. Hans and Therese purchased the land on Jeffries Road in 1994, which is now home to the much-loved vineyards of over 25 eclectic grape varieties, the largest collection in one single organic vineyard in New Zealand. In 1996, using their knowledge of wine growing in Switzerland, they developed the Estate to include Pinot Gris, Viognier and Montepulciano, varieties that were, and still are, uncommon around New Zealand, let alone Marlborough. This was the start of a much bigger production that now includes a large number of white, red and sparkling wines, all grown using a holistic approach, used for centuries by Hans’s ancestors. While Hans oversaw the vineyard and wine making, Therese established a fine dining During the winter months, you will find the fire going, a cosy spot in the sun indoors or out, and if you are dining at night, the gardens sparkle in light. experience to showcase the Herzog wines. As genuine wine lovers they brought with them over 500 of the world’s best wines from the wine cellar of their former Swiss Michelin Star-rated restaurant. The iconic Gourmet Restaurant here in Marlborough was recognised with a prestigious ‘Best Award of Excellence’ by famous US wine magazine Wine Spectator for offering one of NZ’s largest International Wine list. This was the beginning of a symbiotic relationship between the food and wines we now experience when we visit Herzog Estate. The Bistro menu changes regularly to cook in harmony with the changing seasons to ensure the freshest and best tasting ingredients possible and is available for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Market Cuisine is a way of life and the chefs bake their own breads daily and the organic estate grows herbs, selected vegetables, many different heirloom and exotic fruit, nuts and eggs from their free-roaming chickens. Therese proudly showed me a photo of a bistro meal and explained that often people have mistaken the charming Bistro for the Gourmet Restaurant. I can understand how people can come to assume that. The young chefs that Therese and Hans gather from Michelin Star The experience doesn’t stop at the fine dining and wine matching that Herzog’s is world famous for. Therese, Hans and their dedicated team have established beautiful surroundings for the Estate. Walking through the doors to the bistro restaurant is like stepping into a quaint, homely lounge. Hans Herzog Estate | 81 Jeffries Road | Blenheim | p. 03