Our Story

Our Story

Georges Michel and Wine Maker Swan MichelFormer owner of Chateau de Grandmont (a wine estate in the French wine region of Burgundy), Frenchman Georges Michel was already heartedly enamoured by wine when he and his family decided to move to New Zealand in 1999.

Georges Michel Wine Estate was established in 1997 and situated in the ‘Golden Mile’ which denotes the central route of the Rapaura road area, renowned for the production of the best flavored fruit of the Marlborough wine region.

The first Sauvignon Blanc was released in 1998 followed by an oak-aged Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir crafted by the prestigious French winemaker Guy Brac de la Perriére, a man from one of Burgundy’s oldest winemaking dynasties. Since 2005 Georges’ daughter, Swan, (Bachelor in Oenology and Viticulture – Lincoln University NZ) has headed the winemaking team after several vintages in Bordeaux ( Chateau le Grand Verdus), Sancerre ( Henri Bourgeois) and Burgundy ( Domaine des Lambrays).

The Vineyards, totaling 35 hectares, are 100% winery-owned and currently produce 250 tonnes of fruit annually. They are situated in two blocks, both on the Golden Mile, in the prime Marlborough Terroir. Our vineyards produce Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Viognier. Since their very first release, Georges Michel’s wines have been awarded numerous national and international Awards including Top Gold Awards in the USA, Asia, Europe and Australia.

Today, Georges Michel wines are exported in 16 different countries and are founds in some of the most prestigious restaurants wine lists and exclusive wines shops throughout the world.

The stunning winery and its wines, gift and gourmet shop are open to the public. The vineyard restaurant “La Veranda”, a huge Victorian villa, invites you to relax in the tranquil surroundings of the Richmond Ranges.


Swan Michel – Winemaker

Georges’ daughter, Swan, has headed the winemaking team since 2005. After gaining her degree in Viticulture and Oenology in Lincoln University, she went to France for the 2004 vintage at Chateau le Grand Verdus (Bordeaux) where she crafted the wines under the supervision of the world famous winemaker, Patrick Valette.

In 2005, after the vintage at the New Zealand family winery, Swan was part of the winemaking team at the famous Clos des Lambray (1er Cru – Burgundy – France) and in 2006, at the world famous Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Sancerre (France).

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