Newstead brings polo pedigree to Pinot
When Doug and Sue Lund came to Plettenberg Bay in 2006 to plant vineyards and set up Newstead Wines, they brought rich polo and farming heritage with them. Doug had represented South Africa in polo for fourteen years, his father had played for South Africa, and both Doug and Sue’s families had been riding and training horses for generations.
They were also both from well-established farming families in KwaZulu-Natal, although those were sugar farms. Grape farming was something new, and something of a risk.
But they put the same qualities into their vineyards as they had into training horses and playing polo: perseverance, patience, and a whole lot of passion (it’s an overused word, but anyone who has visited Newstead or met Doug and Sue has felt the genuine love they put in to and enjoyment they get out of what they do).
They grew Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes, and almost immediately won awards for their wines, raising the profile and credibility of the young Plettenberg Bay Winelands. Many of Newstead’s wines have sold out soon after their release, some even before.
Pinot Noir was the last the three varietals to be ready and it was worth the wait. The first vintage in 2015 sold out (the next release in late 2017 has a waiting list), and the MCC Brut Rosé won a Gran D’or (double gold) Michelangelo.
The Lunds and Newstead wines have been regulars at Kurland over the last decade. At the same time, polo playing friends, families and fans have been great supporters of theirs, visiting the estate for tastings, lunches, picnics in the vineyards, summer solstice parties or bespoke events.
Refreshingly, success hasn’t commercialised or commoditised anything about Newstead. Both the estate and the Lunds are as down to earth, approachable and personal as they were in 2006. Perhaps that’s its truest pedigree.
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Newstead Wine Estate
Redford Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay