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Edmond de Rothschild Heritage in New Zealand: a new step in the Rimapere adventure

9 Dec 2019

Edmond de Rothschild Heritage reinforces the group’s presence in New Zealand: the Edmond de Rothschild art of living division has taken over the entire management of the Rimapere vineyards, with Anne Escalle in charge of the estate.

The Edmond de Rothschild Heritage New Zealand adventure began in 2012 when Benjamin de Rothschild decided to create a world-class Sauvignon Blanc under the name Rimapere. Rimapere means “five arrows” in Maori, a term that pays tribute to both the Rothschild family emblem and the traditional New Zealand culture. Back then, Benjamin de Rothschild bought 24 hectares of vines, ideally located in the heart of the Golden Mile, nestled in the Marlborough valley.

In November 2019, Edmond de Rothschild Heritage became fully independent and the unique manager of the estate. This reorganisation illustrates the Compagnie Vinicole’s desire to enhance its presence in New Zealand

“We are only beginning to understand the potential of this terroir. After six years of experience and discovery, we have decided today to move up a gear by recruiting Anne Escalle as our Estate Director. Anne is a unique asset in our organisation thanks to her dual French-New Zealand nationality and her distinguished academic background and professional career.” – Boris Bréau, Managing Director for Edmond de Rothschild Heritage Wines

With a view to meeting this challenge, Anne Escalle was named Estate Director for Rimapere on 1st November 2019. Born in the Rhone valley, this wine enthusiast holds a master’s degree in Viticulture and Vinification from the ENITA agricultural engineering school in Bordeaux. She worked as a viticultural consultant in the Languedoc Roussillon region for 10 years before moving to a 600-hectare vineyard in New Zealand in 2007 where she still lives today. In the meantime, she obtained the New Zealand citizenship.

Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild have entrusted Anne Escalle with the task of cementing the initial work on this terroir to enhance production and develop premium craft (single vineyard) wines from the region’s emblematic varietals, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

“Rimapere has the advantage of belonging to an exceptional terroir. It is a real gem: it is up to us, our expertise and our courage to make it shine. Today marks an important step in the Rimapere adventure and its ambition.” – Ariane de Rothschild, President of the Executive Committee for Edmond de Rothschild

This new step follows six years of collaboration when the estate was jointly managed by the Peabody family, a partner to whom Edmond de Rothschild Heritage is particularly grateful for their expertise and commitment to the adventure.

About Rimapere, New Zealand:

Edmond de Rothschild Heritage purchased the Rimapere vineyard in 2012. Ideally located in the prestigious Rapaura district, in the heart of the Marlborough region, the 24-hectare vineyard is managed according to sustainable agriculture principles. Two wines are produced here: Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc (20 hectares) and Rimapere Pinot Noir (4 hectares).

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