Berkmann Wine Cellars has added iconic New Zealand producer Dog Point Vineyard to its exclusive agency portfolio.
The pioneering Dog Point Vineyard was established by Ivan and Margaret Sutherland in 1979, who played a significant part in establishing Marlborough’s modern reputation. The first wines were produced under the Dog Point name in 2002 in conjunction with close family friends James and Wendy Healy. Today Dog Point remains in the family, with the next generation managing both the winery and New Zealand’s largest organic vineyard.
The range is focused on four wines: Sauvignon Blanc, the barrel-fermented Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir. All grapes are hand-picked and the focus on quality remains paramount. All the wines are either partially or fully fermented with wild yeasts and are known for their ability to age.
Alex Hunt MW, Berkmann Wine Cellars’ purchasing director, said: “I have always considered Dog Point to be one of New Zealand’s greatest producers, so it is a joy and privilege to welcome them into our portfolio. They are a perfect fit on many levels, from the relentless focus on quality and emphasis on family ownership to the incisive, complex, food-friendly style of the wines. We cannot wait to start representing them in the UK.”
Matt Sutherland, Dog Point Vineyard’s general manager, added: “We are thrilled to begin working with Berkmann Wine Cellars; their shared values and aspirations made them a great fit for Dog Point Vineyard. The United Kingdom has always been hugely supportive of our wines, and we are really excited to work with a partner that has genuine national reach. Berkmann’s expertise in HoReCa and independent retail will ensure that Dog Point wines continue to be found in all key channels.”
Berkmann’s new portfolio addition comes at a time when consumer interest in New Zealand wines is growing. They currently command the highest price in the on-trade for still wines, illustrating a consumer appreciation of their excellent quality and their willingness to pay a premium for them. In addition, Sauvignon Blanc is the second biggest grape variety in the on-trade market, and the number one listed grape variety in the on-trade for Berkmann, demonstrating the strength of the category.