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30 December 2016

Be In To Win $250 worth of Archangel Vouchers

 NEW YEAR, A NEW WEBSITE!

To celebrate the launch of our new website we’re giving you the chance to:
Go in the draw to win $250 worth of Archangel Vouchers 
that can be spent at our new online store 

Simply follow these TWO steps to enter:
1. Follow @Archangelwine on TWITTER or Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ArchangelWines/
2. Visit www.archangelwines.co.nz and click on SUBSCRIBE at the top of the page and enter your name and email address.

Competition closes on 31 January 2017
Winner drawn on 1 February 2017

*****Please read the full terms and conditions before entering the competition*****

This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. By participating you hereby release and hold harmless Facebook from any and all liability associated with this promotion.

Entrants are providing information to Archangel Wines and not to Facebook.

Please read these competition rules carefully. If you enter one of our competitions, we will assume that you have read these rules and that you agree to them.

  • This prize draw is open to residents of New Zealand aged 18 years or over
  • Details regarding how to enter as published form part of the terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • Only one entry per person. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. The winner(s) will be drawn at random from all entries received by the closing date
  • All entries must be received by the stated closing date
  • The winner will be notified by email and will be notified within seven days of the close of the prize draw
  • The voucher is non transferable and there are no cash alternatives
  • The winner may be required to participate in publicity. Note that by entering into this competition you agree to have your name released as the winner, should you be drawn as a winner of the prize
  • The promoter is excluded from liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to the winner arising from his or her acceptance of the prize
  • The Promoter is Archangel Wines Ltd

By entering a competition you are agreeing to Archangel Wines storing and using your information for marketing purposes. We will not share your information with third parties unless you specifically agree to us sharing these details and you can opt out at any time by unsubscribing from emails or emailing us directly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 December 2016

Spring Has Returned

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Spring is the season of life! As winter slowly gives way and the warm September sun heralds the dawn of springtime, we are greeted with many wonderful sights, fragrant scents and a melody of beautiful sounds. The pleasantly warmer air and longer days thaw out the frozen soils and melts the alpine snow, bleeding life into the once cold land. This in turn, leads to dramatic growth, an eruption of colour and a freshness, which fills our minds, bodies and souls. A sharp, crisp springtime feel engulfs all that it comes into contact with, which seems to breathe new life into all of earth’s remarkable creatures. Stark greys and dull browns yield to luscious greens, effervescent yellows and a whole myriad of vibrant colours to form a patchwork of harmony over the landscape. Central Otago awakens from its slumber to greet Mother Nature with a yawn, a smile and a hop in its step. Our ears are filled with an array of alluring sounds, from newborn lambs and chirping cicadas, to young starlings crying out for their mothers. Oh Spring time – how we love you!

On the vineyard it is a cataclysmic explosion of life. Butterflies, ladybirds, honeybees and all other creatures great and small return to the vines as if coming back from a summer vacation. The vines arise from their winter solstice with a stretch of their limbs and warmth in their roots, as fresh green buds burst into existence. Growth and life is once again with us at Archangel!

This year Spring signals more than just the start of another growing season at Archangel. It brings with it change. Whilst Mother Nature has remained decidedly dormant and still over winter, Archangel has been busy at work. Scurrying, designing, crafting and creating it’s own masterpiece like a worker bee – readying ourselves to unveil our brand new Wine Lounge at Archangel Vineyard. There is an excitement as we set about to elevate the wine tasting experience for our visitors – An intertwining tapestry of fine wine, art and food to create the perfect place for the Archangel story to be shared, and for guests to share their stories. Set within a simple barn-like building with large paned windows that frame the landscape and bringing the outdoors in. Inside, the charming inglenook fireplace and rustic beams add to the ambience. Taking center stage a long oak table with high-back leather chairs creates a level of elegance and sophistication, elevating every occasion into something really special. With gracious hospitality, Archangel welcomes its guests to to sit and enjoy a perfect pairing of wine, food, art and storytelling

With every detail thought through, this versatile venue is also a perfect setting for weddings, private celebrations, corporate events and private tastings – whatever the occasion, Archangel will ensure a memorable occasion for any season.

So it is, that spring is indeed a time for growth and change. As Mother Nature awakens from her long sleep, so too, a new chapter begins in the legacy of Archangel. We invite you to join us as once the doors are open, to come and make Archangel your home away from home. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground for an opening date and celebrations, coming soon!

9 November 2015

The Naming of a New Wine #2

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein

Stefania
Freedom and the arrival into Pahlevi in Persia were welcome, but for Stefania it was a time where her life would hang by a thread. Having survived one and a half years in a hard labor camp and the harrowing exodus from the frozen wastelands of Siberia, Stefania arrived into the heat of the desert, weak and suffering malnutrition. It wasn’t long before typhoid would take a strong hold and it would be a miracle if she would survive. But the Shah of Persia was a kind and generous man, offering his palaces as a refuge for the sick – and it was here that Stefania would be cared for and nursed back to health.

Stefania knew she was a survivor – it was faith that kept her going but also, it was the love and kindness of others that kept her alive and she would never forget that – she would be forever grateful and it was this gratitude that became her true strength of character.

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Archangel Stefania Riesling 2012

The name ‘Stefania’ means ‘Crowned in Victory’.
The Archangel Stefania Riesling 2012 embodies the spirit of springtime – an unassuming wine, counterpoised in energy and delicacy and a fitting tribute to the memory of a young girl who showed spirit and determination in the face of adversity. Whilst the Archangel vineyard has realized its potential, it has found its noblest voice in Riesling!

26 October 2011

If Walls Could Talk…

With a little determination, a little backbone and a little luck, I’m about to conduct my first ever wine tasting. “So, what are we tasting today” asks the professor (donned in knee length shorts). “Archangel 2008 Pinot Noir” I nervously reply. “Yes, just one bottle to show, and yes, just bottled last month” I add. They sniff, they sip, they swirl and sniff again – silence. Suddenly, I’m overcome with a heavy feeling of dread inside my stomach. What was I thinking of? I’m doing a wine tasting with, not only one wine, but one very youthful bottle of wine and, I’m presenting this wine to perhaps, the two most enthusiastic wine connoisseurs at Oxford University. The weight inside my stomach slowly turns to panic and I cannot bear the silence any longer. I blurt out, “so, what do you think?” The seated professor with his shoulder length, silver hair (and sideburns to match) looks at me, nods and smiles – “good” he says, “yes , very good!” This was three years ago.

Now, if these oak paneled walls could talk, what secrets would they reveal, I wondered? A moment of fleeting thoughts are distracted, as the butler places a dish of delicately sliced marinated beef carpaccio in front of me. He pours a generous amount of Archangel 2008 Pinot Noir into my glass. The food is delicious, the wine tasting better than I can ever remember… What a great room this is; the Senior Common Room, where many a famous Oxonian once wined and dined. I wonder…how many bottles of Archangel 2008 and 2009 Pinot Noir do they have left in the wine cellars beneath the college halls? The professor (donned in knee length shorts) and the professor with his shoulder length, silver hair (and sideburns to match), raise their glasses and turn to me. They nod, they smile and together they say “yes, very, very good.”

So what’s my point here? Well, I don’t have marketing skills, but what I do have is better – passion, determination and a strong belief. A long time ago I had a vision; that Archangel wine would one day be at home at Oxford University. After all, what better place than in the college cellars for a wine to mature and age gracefully, and perhaps, if it be possible, to draw wisdom and inspiration from her room mates Chateau Margaux and Chateau Lafite. To one day be placed on tables where famous Oxonians once sat. To share the journey, the story with the future leaders of this world. Yes, it may have taken effort, spirit and determination, but it was worth it. Today, I’d like to thank my new friends – the professor (donned in knee length shorts) and the professor with shoulder length, silver hair (with sideburns to match) – Yes, I’d like to thank you for your vision, your faith and your generousity towards Archangel.