Introducing the newest wine producer on Te Muna Road, Martinborough – Equilibrium Makers
Equilibrium Makers – the right balance between the natural order and the winemaker’s intervention.
Join the celebration on the 11th of March, as Equilibrium Makers release their first vintage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The French-Italian couple, Lucie and Simone, met in Martinborough and have been living on Te Muna Road since 2016. During lock-down in April 2020, the couple decided to start their own wine label.
“We don’t make natural wine, we make wine as we’ve always been doing it for centuries” – Simone, the winemaker of Equilibrium Makers, considers that all wine by right is natural. His job is to find the right balance between human intervention using modern methods and the natural order using traditional methods.
Simone is an alumnus of Umberto I State Higher Education Institute of Alba Piedmont in 2012 and has gained years of experience in both the southern and northern hemispheres until he decided to settle down in Martinborough in 2016.
“We strongly believe that the character and quality of wine begin in the vineyard” – Lucie. Their grapes come from Pond Paddock vineyard on Te Muna Road, which Simone has managed the vineyard since 2015. There are no harmful chemicals used, only a lot of hard work.
The Te Muna valley (7km out of Martinborough) was formed 100,000 to 300,000 years ago when the Huangarua River shifted position and created a very particular soil conducive to grow vines. It has its own micro-climate, hot during the days and cold at night, which enable the grapes to develop a unique and complex flavour. The tannins are riper, and there are more structural components.
Equilibrium Makers is a small wine business in one of the greatest wine regions of New Zealand. People from all over the world meet, share culture, and knowledge here.
Their wines will be available on their website from the 11th of March 2021.