New Zealand actor Sam Neill (famous for his role in Jurassic Park and more recently The Tudors) is expanding his wine business, with the release of what he describes as an "affordable" label in the USA. Neill planted his first vineyard, Two Paddocks, in 1993 and reckons that wine is in his blood – Neill is the son of 3 generations of importers of French vintages to New Zealand.
The new wines are in addition to the Two Paddocks Pinot Noir label and are called Picnic Wines. The new range will include merlot, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and riesling. Neill will expand production from his base in the Central Otago area of New Zealand's South Island by buying in grapes from Marlborough and Hawke's Bay.
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