When Alex and Theo Giesen were traveling abroad first in Australia and then New Zealand, they quickly fell in love with the land. The two brothers were struck by how limited the range of wines available was and after a visit to a local wine shop, realized that most of the bottles were from the North Island. Well, they decided to purchase some land in the cooler climate South Island where the popular German varietal, Riesling, would flourish. For centuries, their family members had been involved in the culinary and wine trades and as kids, the brothers had a hobby vineyard that first ignited their interest in grapes.  Today, Giesen has more than 700 acres of vineyards throughout the Marlborough region of New Zealand’s South island and are the second largest family owned winery.
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