Blank Canvas Tops Marlborough in Best Wineries of New Zealand 2023 List
The annual Top Wineries of New Zealand list has been released this week by leading Australasian wine publication The Real Review, led by Master of Wine Bob Campbell.
Blank Canvas is thrilled to be ranked number one Marlborough producer and in 22nd position overall out of all New Zealand wineries. The tasting team at The Real Review had the daunting task of tasting thousands of wines over the past year to establish their Top Wineries of New Zealand list. The 146 wineries who made the cut represent the top 18% of the country’s wineries, and therefore according to the ranking, Blank Canvas is in the top 5% of New Zealand’s finest producers.
“Attaining this result is such meaningful recognition for us as it affirms we’re on the right track with fulfilling our purpose to craft the most exciting expressions of New Zealand fine wine we can,” says Sophie Parker-Thomson MW, co-founder and general manager of Blank Canvas.
Blank Canvas has been honoured to make the list every year since the Top Ranking’s inception six years ago, with co-founder and winemaker Matt Thomson explaining, “it is genuinely humbling and inspiriting for Sophie and I to receive acknowledgement like this, as we really do pour our heart and soul into these wines.”
Sophie adds, “we are driven not only by the fact we love making these special parcels of wine, working with equally passionate growers, but from a wider New Zealand perspective we really believe New Zealand should aim higher with all of our products on a global stage, above just a commodity baseline, because what we have here cannot be replicated anywhere else.”
“It is these kinds of initiatives that challenge and inspire our industry to aspire to greatness.”