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Bilancia Winery Of The Month!
Bilanciais a small Hawkes' Bay producer of exceptional Pinot Gris, Viognier and Syrah. It is the label of winemakers Lorraine Leheny and Warren Gibson and was established in 1997 when Lorraine and Warren returned to New Zealand from winemaking overseas. The first wines were released in mid 1998.
Warren and Lorraine both studied winemaking at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia and the subsequent years, before settling in Hawkes Bay in 1997, saw them make wine in Australia, Hungary, Italy, California and France (Warren) and Australia, Portugal and California (Lorraine).
The wordBilancia(be-larn-cha) means, in Italian, balance, equilibrium and harmony. These terms have obvious connections with wine and winemaking, but also,Bilanciais the Italian word for the Zodiac sign Libra which both Lorraine and Warren were born under. Warren worked in Southern Italy for a number of harvests and the name came to him whilst reading his Horoscope in the Italian newspaper!
The philosophy of balance, equilibrium and harmony is something that is carried through all aspects of the winemaking and, hopefully, people will see this when they drink the wines.