One of the co-founders of Internet search engine Google plans to buy into a boutique Wairarapa vineyard.
Mebus Estate owner Michael Mebus confirmed one of the two Google creators (Larry Page and Sergey Brin). More than 60% of New Zealand wine is aimed at foreign markets.
Moving away from Wairarapa's main wine area around Martinborough, Mebus was one of the first to plant the terraces above the Ruamahunga River southwest of Masterton in 1995.
The property comprises 25ha of planted vines, two homesteads and a modern winery, which produces chardonnay, pinot gris and noir, sauvignon blanc and merlot varieties.
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