Crash Marks Chardonnay 20th Anniversary
Plane crashes into Brajkovich family's vineyard.
The Chardonnay vines at the Kumeu River Vineyards, outside
The crash was not the only hallmark for the vineyard in recent past, as this year marks the 20th anniversary of the first release of Kumeu River's Chardonnay. The winery, founded in 1944 by Mick and Katé Brajkovich, has been continued by their children and grandchildren. The family owns various vineyards in the area and produces 11 different wines, but it is the Chardonnay made from the vines at the crash site that has received the greatest acclaim and success in the United States and other international markets. Fortunately, the damage from the crash was minimal and, according to vineyard manager Michael Brajkovich, "It won't cause any significant disruption to supply."
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