Yoshi and his wife Kyoko have an atypical background, having worked in the banking industry for 12 years before the idea of making their own wine budded. In 2006, after quitting their jobs to travel and gain hands-on experience by completing vintages in Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace, they moved back to New Zealand. After a year of study at Lincoln University, Yoshi joined the Felton Road team and left at the end of 2009 to start Sato wines, year of his first own label too. Until now, they have been sourcing fruit from organic vineyards around Central Otago, while, in early 2016, they purchased their own farm in the Pisa sub-region. Planted with Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir, this is the first year of these wine’s releases!