7 Nov 2014

True and Daring

From Country Life, 9:27 pm on 7 November 2014


When Hennie and Celia Bosman bought Canterbury's Sandihurst Winery they'd had no experience in the viticulture industry. Celia used to run a fitness centre and was a dancer with the Royal Ballet School in London, and Hennie was, among other things, a diplomat with the Foreign office in South Africa.

Celia says there was a young winemaker working at Sandihurst when they took over. "The idea was that he would teach Hennie everything he knew and at some point he would move onto to do his own label and that is exactly what's happened, so we've learnt with somebody guiding us for a number of years and and now were doing it on our own".

Despite losing 26,000 bottles of wine in the September 2010 earthquake, Hennie and Celia used the disaster as a catalyst for change. They changed the name of the winery to True and Daring and went from producing several varieties of wine, to focusing purely on Rieslings, most of which are sold in California.