Central Otago, New Zealand
"Wine is beautiful because grape vines are able to express their terroir, the character of the land. Chemical fertilisers change the character of the wine. The most important thing about drinking my wine is to see if I can find life and soul in it." - Yoshiaki Sato
Yoshiaki Sato, or Yoshi as he likes to be called, is a Japanese winemaker who works organic plots at Mount Pisa, in New Zealand’s Central Otago. Coming to wine from a background in investment banking, Yoshi Sato spent two years at Felton Road and realized his wine growing passion, having worked in Domaine Bizot in Vosne-Romanée and Pierre Frick in Alsace. This French experience inspired him to pursue natural winemaking by using natural and biodynamic farming methods. Unlike most of Central Otago’s Pinot Noir wines, Yoshi makes refreshing, distinctively savoury wines that reflect perfectly the complexity of the grapes.