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Palate Press, February 2017
, Becky Sue Epstein

What We’re Drinking – 2015 Mt. Beautiful North Canterbury Riesling


"Delightfully easy to drink yet balanced. I don’t want to get too labored with the description of this full-flavored, minerally, off-dry Riesling wine. So I’ll just say that the citrus notes range from orange to grapefruit with tinges of honey, flowing from aroma to palate to finish. We enjoyed it with appetizers of crabmeat in puff pastry."


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Restaurant Wine, February 2017

2015 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc

4 stars!

"Screw cap. Round and delicately flavored, this is fine Sauvignon at the price. It is full bodied, crisp, and long on the finish, tasting of pear, grapefruit, guava, pineapple, herbs, and fig. Excellent value. Unwooded. 9,600 cases. 14.5% [2017-2018]"

- Ronn Wiegand



TheShout, January 2017

Our 2015 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines were just reviewed in New Zealand based TheShout magazine by Cameron Douglas MS. 

91 Points

2015 Mt. Beautiful Chardonnay
Fine bouquet of sweet, ripe stone fruit and apple all dipping in newish oak with vanilla and wood aromas, some mineral and wild flowers and a touch of wild honey add depth and complexity. On the palate – juicy, fresh, ripe, warm and dry; flavours of citrus before stone fruit, noticeable wood spice with mild tannins, medium acidity and a fairly lengthy finish; decent complexity and desirable flavours. Serve cool to serve; drink now and through 2022.

91 Points

2015 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir
Very fruity, ripe and varietal bouquet with dark cherry and raspberry fruits, plum and wild red florals, mineral and toasty wood tones. Very youthful and tense on the nose, but with complexity leading to high expectations on the palate. Mineral, plums, dark cherry and wild berry fruit flavours, dry and spicy with toasty wood tones; medium+ tannin impact with velvet to course silk textures; youthful, tense and lengthy. A wine requiring cellar time and some peace and quiet to find harmony – which it will. Decant for service, best drinking from 2018 through 2026.


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Rodeo Uncorked! - Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, November 2016

Mt. Beautiful Winery was awarded four silver medals on the following wines at its 2017 wine competition, Rodeo Uncorked!

2015 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc - $15.99 /  bottle - Purchase
2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris - $18.99 / bottle - Purchase
2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir - $25.99 / bottle - Purchase
2015 Mt. Beautiful Riesling - $21.99 /  bottle - Purchase

2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris - 92 Points!

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Wine Review Online, Michael Apstein, November 2016

"New Zealand has made such a name for itself with Sauvignon Blanc that one tends to forget it makes other excellent wines, such as this Pinot Gris.  This beautifully framed Pinot Gris conveys ripe, but not over ripe, stone fruit flavors offset by a hint of pear skin-like bitterness.  It has the perfect weight in the mouth -- not ethereal, nor heavy.  It’s a beautiful wine with invigorating balancing acidity that complements sushi, spiced Asian fare, or a simple roast chicken."

18.99 / bottle   |    227.88 / case




MiNDFOOD, Jai Breitnauer, September 2016

We're excited to be "one of six cellars you can't drive past" in this beautifully written article about wineries in the Waipara Valley.

"With their incredible views, delicious local food and world-class wines, Waipara Valley is definitely the place to pull over.

Mt Beautiful vineyard is run by David and Leigh Teece, who established it in 2004. They have 80 hectares of vines including pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and riesling. Surrounding the sustainable vineyard is the Teece family beef and lamb farms with a tasting room in Cheviot."

Click here to read the whole article.


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Hospitality Magazine, Cameron Douglas MS, September 2016

Click the image above to read Cameron Douglas's article "Aren't All Rieslings Sweet?" featuringa review on Mt. Beautiful's 2015 Riesling he scored with 92 points!

92 Points!

“Mt. Beautiful North Canterbury Riesling 2015: Mineral, dry stone, citrus and apple combinations, rose and apple blossom fragrances, a bouquet. Dry, crisp, loaded with texture and flavour, ripe fruits, mineral, a hint of honeysuckle and baked fruits, a light leesy texture adding length and finish.”

21.99 / bottle   |    263.88 / case



Sacramento Bee
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, Mike Dunne, August 2016

Here's a clip from a recent post in the Sacramento Bee featuring our 2015 Riesling paired with this cool and refreshing summertime favorite!

"Tomatoes and Wine, a Delectable Combination

Gazpacho: The first obligation of gazpacho is to be cool and refreshing, and that standard also applies to any wine poured alongside. The Mt. Beautiful 2015 North Canterbury Riesling ($22) has the energy and spine to dance gracefully with any relatively delicate take on gazpacho."

21.99 / bottle   |    263.88 / case




, August 2016

Out of 172 New Zealand pinots tasted, only seven rated higher. Mt. Beautiful's 2014 Pinot Noir received an average of 92 points and is Highly Recommended!

"Alongside bright cherry notes, there is a compelling core of minerality that sits effortlessly on the palate. Pure, evocative pinot character that is enticing and rich. Floral and earthy finish."

25.99 / bottle   |   311.88  / case



Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas MS, July 2016

2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir

90 Points

"Light, crisp, fresh and varietal with aromas of sweet cranberry, red plum and red cherry, a light mineral layer adds depth and complexity. On the palate – juicy red fruit flavours, light to medium silky tannins and plenty of acidity, a layer on tension in the structure adds both texture and poise. Cherry and light red plum with some raspberry notes, moderate sweet oak and fairly lengthy finish. Balanced and well made."

25.99 / bottle   |   311.88  / case



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The Detroit News
, Sandra Silfven, July 2016

Your Wednesday Wine; Mt. Beautiful from NZ

“MT. BEAUTIFUL is an actual mountain on the South Island of New Zealand and the name of a winery that makes beautiful wines — including a Sauvignon Blanc that does not exhibit the usual green, herbal character that is trademark for this country, but juicy tropical fruit and citrus. The Riesling has all the delicacy and finesse of the Mosel.

Mt. Beautiful is in North Canterbury, a region along the central-eastern part of the South Island, bordering the coast. The wines are grown inland from the ocean and are protected from the harsh winds by Mt. Beautiful. The winery was founded by New Zealand native and scholar-entrepreneur Dr. David J. Teece who spent two years with wife Leigh searching for an undiscovered area of his homeland to grow grapes. The grapes are certified sustainably grown and only estate grapes are used for the wines. From the labels to the nectar in the bottles, these wines live up to the name of the winery. The Mt. Beautiful script on the label is from the actual handwriting of proprietor Dr. David Teece’s deceased father, Allan Teece. The tasting room is in the town of Cheviot.

Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc North Canterbury New Zealand 2015, $15.99: The back Riesling-Bottle-Shot-Transparent[1]label says it all: “We have set a new precedent for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.” You will find this one is not so tart, grassy and herbal as the signature Marlborough style. It has lovely tropical fruit and a subtle creaminess on the midpalate. It has white floral tones with intense melon, mandarin orange, green apple and just a touch of herbs in the finish. It’s crisp and dry, fruity, packed with layers of flavor. It’s a very different style for New Zealand, and I love it.

Mt. Beautiful Riesling North Canterbury New Zealand 2015, $21.99: This delightful creation does a dance on the palate with its bright tones of pink grapefruit and honeysuckle blossoms, its sumptuous juicy texture and minerality that races through everything. Close your eyes and you swear it came from a steep hillside along the Mosel. It’s made from two distinct blocks in the vineyard. Riesling is the first wine Mt. Beautiful made for release to the public."

2015 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc
15.99 / bottle   |  191.88 / case

2015 Mt. Beautiful Riesling
21.99 / bottle  |  263.88 / case



Bigger Than Your Head, Fredric Koeppel, July 2016

Wine of the Day, No. 155

“Last night, LL made a fabulous stir-fry with shrimp, snow-peas, red bell pepper and jalapeno. She made a broth from the shrimp shells and a bunch of vegetables and also gently heated canola oil in a small pan with chopped garlic and ginger and some red pepper flakes. Then she marinated the shrimp in that oil. After the stir-frying, she used the broth to thicken the sauce. The result was deep and wonderful flavors and textures. Of course we wanted a white wine, something that would balance the hint of spicy heat emanating from the red pepper flakes and jalapeno, so I opened a bottle of the Mt. Beautiful Riesling 2015, from New Zealand’s North Canterbury region. Made all in stainless steel, this riesling exudes freshness and immediate appeal, while just a suggestion of off-dryness in the entry provided an appropriate foil for the spiciness of the dish. The color is very pale gold; lovely aromas of pears and green apples are touched with notes of lychee, peach and jasmine, cloves and white pepper, and a few minutes in the glass bring in hints of tangerine, lime peel and roasted lemon, all of these elements perfectly integrated. The segue onto the palate is seamless, and from mid-course back through the finish the wine feels bone-dry, animated by chiming acidity and scintillating limestone minerality. A wine with the word “beautiful” in the name better live up to its billing; this one, golden and glittering, certainly does. 11.5 percent alcohol. Production was 1,100 cases. Drink now through 2019 to ’20. Excellent. About $22.”

2015 Mt. Beautiful Riesling

21.99 / bottle   |   263.88 / case



Wines Of Canterbury

We have great news!

Wines of Canterbury has announced its results for the 2016 Canterbury Wine Awards, and Mt. Beautiful's Pinot Noir is a Silver Medal winner! This event, now well established and in its fifth year saw a record number of wineries enter their wines for judging along with a record number of medals awarded.

2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir

"... sophisticated fragrances of black cherries and violets, ... ripe bramble fruit and subtle tannins." - Winemaker, Sam Weaver

25.99 / bottle   |   311.88 / case



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GrapeRadio - Wine Talk Show, 2016

"2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Southern Charm: the Pinots of New Zealand

This seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir features the winemakers from five New Zealand estates discussing the topography, geography, and growing conditions in some of the different regions of New Zealand – Waipara Valley, Central Otago, North Canterbury, and Marlborough.

Listen to Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine as she monitors this fascinating seminar, featuring the Pinots of Greystone (known as Grey’s Peak in the U.S.), Maori Point, Mt. Beautiful, Mt. Difficulty and Villa Maria. Mt. Beautiful!"

Hint: the segment on Mt. Beautiful starts at 32:30 minutes.



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Los Angeles Int'l Wine Competition, 2016

"For 77 years, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition has showcased the finest domestic and international vintages through a wine-tasting event that is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States. An esteemed panel of judges use a blind-tasting method, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism that has remained the competition’s foundation for 77 years."

We are pleased to share Mt. Beautiful Winery's results from the 2016 Los Angeles Wine Competition:

Gold Medal, 91 Points - Best In Class
2014 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Mt. Beautiful Riesling

Silver Medal
2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir
2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris



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SF Wine Competition, 2016

"The largest and most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) has been setting the standard for professional wine judging since its debut in 1980. Now in its 36th year, the SFIWC maintains the highest level of integrity with a blind-tasting system performed by a highly experienced panel of internationally acclaimed wine experts.

A SFIWC medal has been established as a reliable indication of wine excellence, and wines recognized as medal-worthy by our judges are universally understood to be among the very best."

We are pleased to announce that our 2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir received a Silver Medal in the Pinot Noir class of this year's 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition!

25.99 /  bottle    |    311.88 /  case



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By Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, June 2016

Necoiants New Zealand Fine Wine Tour 2016

"One of the highlights on the vinous calendar is the annual Negociants New Zealand Fine Wine Tour. Primarily targetting the hospitality and wine trade, Negociants have in recent years opened the tasting to the public. The tour features the New Zealand and Australian wineries from the portfolio, and the proprietors and winemakers pour and discuss their wines. This year, there were 20 New Zealand exhibitors, and 6 Australians on show, and thus well over 100 wines to taste. The exhibitors feature some very high profile names, as well as some lesser known, but the quality of the wines offered is extremely high. In addition to having the wines to taste, the tour runs masterclasses which focus on selected varieties or styles. It’s a very valuable event to attend. This year, the tour was held in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch.

2015 Mt Beautiful Riesling, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Riesling has probably been the variety with the most potential for Mt Beautiful, and this 2015 is arguably the best yet, fulfilling the promise. Bright, pale straw-yellow with slight lemon hues. This has lovely lime, sherbet and honeysuckle aromas, along with beautiful (no pun intended) exotic florals, the backbone being fresh citrus fruits. Off-dry to taste, the palate is crisp, zesty and tight, pure and clean with linearity and purpose. There’s a fine balance between the refine phenolic libe and acidity, the fruit still tightly bound. This is focussed and intense. It will develop well."

21.99 /  bottle    |      263.88 /  case



By Food and Wine, July 2016

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Recipe by Kay Chun, Photo Credit: Con Poulos

Food And Wine Magazine Pairing Mt Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc

"Corn-and-Zucchini Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

F&W's Kay Chun takes pasta salad to a new level with sweet grilled corn, zucchini and a creamy lime dressing spiked with chile powder. She uses fresh cilantro to add brightness and then tops the whole salad with tangy slivers of fresh goat cheese.

Total Time: 45 minutes  |  Servings: 4

How to make this recipe

  1. Light a grill or heat a grill pan. In a large bowl, toss the corn and zucchini with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat until charred and crisp-tender, about 10 minutes for the zucchini and 15 minutes for the corn. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool. Cut 
the kernels off the corncobs and coarsely chop the zucchini. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the orzo until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Drain well and spread the orzo out on a baking sheet; pat dry with paper towels

  3. In a large bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the lime juice, shallot, chile powder and 1/2 cup of the cilantro; season with salt and pepper. Add the orzo, corn, zucchini and the remaining chopped cilantro and mix well. Transfer to a platter. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the frozen goat cheese all over the top and serve."

Suggested pairing: Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc

15.99 /  bottle    |     191.88 /  case



By Scoop Independent News Education, May 2016

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"Historic telescope will return stargazing to city

The University of Canterbury (UC) Foundation charity aims to bring back a piece of Christchurch’s astronomical heritage by restoring the Townsend Teece Telescope to the city centre.

For 114 years, the telescope was available for public stargazing on clearFriday nights, and introduced people of all ages to the wonders of the night sky and the science of astronomy. Since its installation in the University’s Observatory Tower in 1896, the telescope was maintained and operated for public viewing by what is now the University of Canterbury’s Department of Physics and Astronomy as part of its commitment to science outreach in the community.

The Observatory Tower was damaged in the 4 September 2010 Christchurch earthquake and collapsed in the 22 February 2011 earthquake. The telescope was badly damaged in the collapse, but, miraculously, the lens was found intact.

The University of Canterbury Astronomy Department is holding an exhibition of the Townsend Teece Telescope pieces, including a look into the upcoming restoration project. This is on display to the public in the gallery space on the ground floor of the Matariki building at UC’s Ilam campus until 6 July.

The Townsend Telescope, donated to the then Canterbury College by James Townsend in 1891, is a historic 6-inch refractor constructed by the renowned English telescope-making firm Thomas Cooke & Sons of York & London in 1864.

A generous donation by UC alumnus Professor David Teece, his wife Leigh Teece and their family, will allow the restoration of this historic telescope. Renamed the Townsend Teece Telescope, the restored telescope will be returned to a rebuilt Observatory Tower in its heritage central city home in the Christchurch Arts Centre, enabling the people of Christchurch and visitors to enjoy stargazing through this beautiful and historic telescope once again.

Professor and Mrs Teece will be coming to New Zealand from their home in California to visit the exhibition in June.

This exhibition showcases the story of the telescope: its famous craftsman telescope maker, to its original Christchurch owner who observed the transit of Venus and searched in vain for the planet Vulcan, to its donation to Canterbury College and its use as a public outreach and engagement tool in its heritage central city site.

Associate Professor Karen Pollard, Director of the University of Canterbury’s Mt John Observatory says that astronomy allows us to think about our place in the universe and is particularly fascinating for children.

“The telescope is a very useful vehicle for introducing science to children and getting them interested in asking questions about how the world (and the universe) works. This is the reason that the Townsend Observatory was so useful as an outreach tool for the Department of Physics and Astronomy – it was very accessible and was a way of bringing astronomy and science to children and the wider public.’

Sarah Bouckoms was the last Townsend Observer to use the telescope before the earthquakes brought the tower tumbling down.

“I loved teaching the children about the stars, and watching the wonder on their faces as they realised they’d seen the real thing, not pretend stars painted onto the end of it. It was fun watching fathers telling their children about Granddad taking them to use the telescope when they were their age,” she says.

Chris Whitty was the site manager at the Arts Centre at the time of the earthquakes and remembers using the telescope as a young boy.

“Having worked at the Arts Centre for 23 years, I was absolutely gutted when the Observatory Tower collapsed, burying the telescope. Thankfully there were no major injuries as the Tower was covered in scaffolding for repairs, and we had been inside the Tower exactly a day earlier. It took a week to sift through the 35 tonnes of rubble to find the remains of the telescope,” Whitty says.

“Finding the telescope lens intact was a miracle and means that it can be reconstructed. With the salvaged stones from the rubble, we can also rebuild the tower, bringing Townsend’s legacy back to life. I’m looking forward to showing it to my own boys.”

The Townsend Teece Telescope will be restored over the next three years by Graeme Kershaw, Senior Technician in the UC Physics and Astronomy Department.

“The Cooke refractor is the epitome of the popular perception of what a telescope looks like,” he says.

“Built of brass, cast iron and bronze, it looks like a telescope, one that you look up into in direct line of sight with the object you are viewing, as if you are seeing the object with your naked eye. Some of the people who have used this telescope literally shed a tear when they saw images of the wreckage for the first time. For those people the Townsend has become a part of their lives, a part of their history.”


By Christopher Null, DrinkHacker, May 2016

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2015 Mt. Beautiful Riesling |  North Canterbury, New Zealand

"Crisp and aromatic, with light notes of pineapple to give this wine a bit of a New World spin. The finish is loaded with acid and comes across as a bit peachy, with a solid and sophisticated balance between the two. A-"

21.99 /  bottle    |    263.88  /  case



By Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panel, Beverage Dynamics, May 2016

"Out of 58 Chardonnays tasted, only four rated higher!"

2014 Mt. Beautiful Chardonnay  |  North Cantebury, New Zealand
95 Points and 5 Stars!

“This will draw attention to the lovely Chardonnays produced in New Zealand that haven’t received accolades they deserve. From certifed-sustainable vineyards, this is a rather New
World/Old World style. It has nuances of wildflowers, mineral and under-ripe fruit on the nose. These nuances continue on the palate, but then fruit flavors become lush and mouth
filling. The fnish is long and lively with racy sweet/tart acidity and a hint of lemon/grapefruit. Pair this with pork or fowl with a fruit glaze, or enjoy it as an aperitif.”

21.99 /  bottle    |    263.88 /  case



By Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee, May 2016

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"Embrace Criterion and Mt. Beautiful Wines"

"Few people who jump into the wine business must feel the pressure to succeed as keenly as David and Leigh Teece. He, after all, is the Tusher Professor in Global Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, while she is founder and chair of World Mentor, a Web-based mentoring program for educational institutions, companies and so forth.

Their investment in the wine trade, not surprisingly, looks to be working out quite favorably, for both themselves and for wine consumers. In just a decade, their brand, Mt. Beautiful, has become an especially exciting label, particularly for aromatic white wines like sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and riesling.

In 2004, the Teeces ventured into his native New Zealand – she’s a native Californian – to start planting grapes in the North Canterbury region along the South Island’s northeast reaches. They made their first wines off the 2007 harvest and ever since have been cultivating a devoted clientele both in New Zealand and the United States.

Their current releases include these notably satisfying wines:

▪ Mt. Beautiful 2014 North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc ($16): The 2014 growing year was progressing splendidly right up to harvest, but then rain complicated the outlook for the vintage. By being selective in their picking and then clever in their winemaking, the vineyard and cellar crews of Mt. Beautiful salvaged a sauvignon blanc without blemishes. It’s actually a quite vibrant interpretation of New Zealand’s best-known varietal wine – pungent and floral in smell, ripe with grapefruit and lime on the palate, intriguing in its suggestions of watermelon and jasmine, and nervy with acidity in its refreshing finish.

▪ Mt. Beautiful 2015 North Canterbury Riesling ($22): I first wrote of a Mt. Beautiful riesling nearly four years ago, when the 2009 version caught my attention for its floral aroma, willowy grace, and vivid suggestions of apricot, apple and lime. This release is cut from the same cloth, though a little riper, with more texture and more grapefruit, especially in the energy of its acidity.

▪ Mt. Beautiful 2014 North Canterbury Pinot Gris ($19): Grapes for this wine were picked in two sweeps through the vineyard, the earlier harvest intending to capture and retain the variety’s floral aromatics and high-toned acidity, the later one to get grapes that would yield more ripe-fruit flavors and more body. The method worked, resulting in an unusually well-proportioned pinot gris that gives off suggestions of fully ripe pears in flavor but also finishing with the snap of a crisp apple.

▪ Mt. Beautiful 2014 North Canterbury Pinot Noir ($26): “Elegance” is a word best reserved for the finest of wines. This has it, even if the bottle is finished with a screw cap, not a cork. Get over it. The wine is brilliantly colored, vivid with cherry and strawberry fruit, and just tannic enough to reinforce its backbone. Its complexity lies in understatement more than bravado."

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By Scoop Independent News Education, April 2016

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"Generous alumnus helps UC Music and Classics move to Arts Centre

The University of Canterbury has received a substantial donation to support the relocation of Music Performance and Classics programmes, along with the James Logie Memorial Collection of classical antiquities, to the Arts Centre in central Christchurch.

The old Chemistry building near the corner of Hereford Street and Rolleston Avenue is currently being transformed into a purpose-built space over four floors for the University of Canterbury (UC).

UC alumnus Professor David Teece and his wife, Leigh Teece, donated funds to support the refurbishment of the old Chemistry Building, part of which will house the James Logie Memorial Collection of classical antiquities.

A portion of the funds will be held in an endowment for the conservation of the Collection’s antiquities as well as the purchase of further pieces.

In recognition of the Teece family’s generous donation, UC Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr has confirmed the University will name the museum in their honour.

“The museum that houses the James Logie Memorial Collection of classical antiquities will be officially named the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities at the University of Canterbury,” Dr Carr says.

Based in Berkeley, California, Prof Teece studied economics at what is now the Arts Centre site when it was the University’s campus and he recognises the historic link between UC and central Christchurch.

“We are pleased to share in the University’s strong future and to help restore a treasured part of Christchurch. We especially look forward to seeing vibrant student life return to the central city’s artistic heart when Music Performance and Classics programmes return to the Arts Centre,” Prof Teece says.

“We are thrilled that soon more people will be able to view and appreciate the University’s James Logie Collection of Greek and Roman artefacts when it is on display at the UC Museum in the Arts Centre.”

The move to the Arts Centre also means there will be greater performance opportunities for UC Music students. As well as dedicated spaces for public recitals, larger concerts may be held in the nearby Great Hall.

Dr Carr explains that locating the University’s Music Performance and Classics programmes at the Arts Centre will lead to more effective engagement with Christchurch’s wider arts community.

“In particular, the Classics and Music departments will have an ideal environment for greater collaboration with the Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, galleries, music centres, theatres, and other key parts of the Christchurch cultural and educational community.”

UC will start teaching Music Performance and Classics programmes at the Arts Centre in 2017.

The Teeces have also agreed to fund the restoration of the Townsend Telescope at the same site."

One of the "Coolest Wine Labels of 2016!"

By Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, April 2016
2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir

Forbes contributor, Katie Kelly Bell selected our 2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir as having one of the coolest wine labels in 2016! Keeping reading to learn what makes all of Mt. Beautiful's wine labels unique.

"The label features an original font created from the handwriting of Allan Teece, long deceased father of owner David Teece. When Allan served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in WWII, he wrote letters home to his family. These letters inspired the label and ultimately a whole new font." - Katie Kelly Bell

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By Denman Moody, Houston Lifestyles & Homes

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"Reds and whites to please the palate, and restaurant recommendations

Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris North Canterbury (New Zealand) 2014
'The opulent palate combines stone fruit, apples, juicy ripe pears, and a touch of floral honey…' What else do you need to know? Stunning new find!"

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"Packed with pear, white peach and yellow apple, the explosion of fruit just seems to scream spring and bloom time.  Pretty much any you get from Oregon (the king of Pinot Gris making, in my opinion) will be good so you can just look for ones from the Wilamette Valley.  But, New Zealand makes some really nice ones as well, like this very pretty Mt. Beautiful (2014 Pinot Gris)"

Mt. Beautiful 2015 Riesling scores a 94 and 5 stars!!

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Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris, New Zealand. My absolute favorite flower scent is jasmine. and when I open a wine that sends wisps of jasmine out of a wine glass, I inhale more deeply. The scent of this white wine was welcoming to me, and the crisp flavors of pear, apple, honey and some lemony-citrus were perfect last unusually warm December when I first tasted this wine. This is a wine you want to start drinking now to hurry spring along. It's about $20 retail.

Mt. Beautiful's wines are certified sustainable and created in the up-and-coming North Canterbury appellation of New Zealand. The vineyards that were first planted in 2003 and the newly built winery are a "long-term project that focuses on the adoption of sustainable practices to preserve the landscape for generations to come."


New Zealand: Truculent Trout and Winsome Wines

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By Frederick Thurber | Published: February 16, 2016

New Zealand occupies a magical green place in my imagination, and I like to think I am there when sipping their wines.  There is a lot to like about New Zealand; I am especially interested in the rural, rustic environment of this other land down-under (I also appreciate the lack of venomous spiders, dodgy snakes, and saltwater crocs).  A friend of mine who fishes for New Zealand’s gigantic, truculent trout claims that the fish grow so large because of the rich, aquatic life in the Kiwi streams, which he attributes to the low pesticide use in this country.  I don’t know about that, but in general New Zealand seems much more careful with their environment than we are.  One example is the Mt Beautiful winery; they are certified sustainable.

The aptly-named Mt Beautiful Winery is one of my favorite wineries in New Zealand.   This winery is owned by David and Leigh Teece.  David Teece is a native Kiwi, a renowned professor of economics at Berkeley, and a highly-successful entrepreneur.  Mr Teece is also a promoter of US/New Zealand relations and the export of New Zealand goods to the US; in Mt Beautiful wines he has found a winery that has a definite niche here in the States.

While airfare to New Zealand is not in my budget at this time, the Mt. Beautiful wines definitely are.  They strike the right balance between quality and price.  Below are descriptions of two Mt Beautiful wines I recently tried.

2014 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc.  $16.  I found this wine to have the classic grapefruit / spruce / grassy flavor that I have come to expect in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  However the grassy spruce scent was tamed quite a bit making this wine much more quaffable than so many of the other Kiwi versions of this grape such as Cloudy Bay (which I cannot drink).  There is just enough spruce to wake up the palate without being over powering.   Interestingly enough, I found this wine to be even better on day two after opening.   Right now I would consider this my top choice in this price range to pair with seafood.   Sure, you could spend $50 for an Arkenstone or Herb Lamb flagship Sauvignon Blanc, but I doubt you could do better than Mt Beautiful in the $16 range.

2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris. $19.  This wine caught me by surprise.  New Zealand is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, so I was not expecting its Pinot Gris to be so good.  This wine featured delicious floral/fruit scents and right now is my favorite wine from New Zealand.  Interestingly it also had a bit of spritz; I am not sure if this was intentional or not, but it worked.  I tried this wine on some local wine professionals (while we watched the Super Bowl!), and they were intrigued, both for its flavor and exotic origin. Like all truly great wines, this wine was still wonderful on day two after opening.  This is an outstanding wine that deserves more recognition.

While we are on the topic of exports from New Zealand, you should be on the lookout for New Zealand honey.  I used to keep bees myself and am extremely skeptical about claims of organic honey, at least in North America.  I suspect that New Zealand is the only place in the world that exports truly organic honey.  Why?  Unlike the deplorable import controls in this country, New Zealand has vigorously prevented any bees or bee products from entering their country and have thus been spared the huge spectrum of hive disorders that have wrecked bee keeping in the USA.  So if you can find Kiwi honey, buy it!  [I cannot write about Kiwi honey without also noting that New Zealand’s most famous gentleman bee farmer was Sir Edmund Hillary who made the first ascent (along with Tensing Norgay) of Mt Everest.]

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Let's Talk Wine:  Time to Head South


By JoAnn Actis-Grande

Posted Jan. 28, 2016 at 4:26 AM

I recently tasted through the portfolio of Mt. Beautiful wines. They are made in the Southern Hemisphere – where it happens to be summer right now!

The vineyards are located in North Canterbury, New Zealand, and the wines are as beautiful as their name.

New Zealand is a country that sits in the middle of the South Pacific, made up of two islands called the North Island and South Island. Both islands produce wine. The North Island is smaller and more populated than the South Island, which is filled with lakes, rivers, glaciers, mountains and volcanoes.

The country has 10 main wine regions. The cooler maritime climate conditions produce wines with very distinct characteristics. The Marlborough region basically put New Zealand on the map as a wine region with its renowned Sauvignon Blanc. White grape varietals dominate the landscapes, and the Rieslings are famous from Canterbury. New Zealand Pinot Noir is some of the best I have tasted.

The North Canterbury wine region can be found on the east coast on the South Island, not far from the Pacific Ocean. Mt. Beautiful wines are the expression of the wild, rugged and breathtakingly scenic region. Only seven miles from the Pacific Ocean, their benevolent namesake, Mt. Beautiful, protects the vineyards from harsh sea winds.

New Zealand native, Dr. David J. Teece, a well-known scholar, author, and entrepreneur, together with his wife Leigh, also accomplished, spent two years searching for the perfect place where they could pioneer an undiscovered region and fulfill their dream of bringing the best of New Zealand to the world. Today, the fruit of their mission is a selection of certified-sustainable, estate-grown, and distinctively restrained wines that let the pure terroir shine through. They also own a working sheep and beef farm surrounding their vineyards that is four times larger.

Mt. Beautiful wines are unique from most New Zealand wines by way of their location in up-and-coming North Canterbury, but they are also different in style. The wine style captures the essence of New Zealand while embracing a more restrained approach. Consulting winemaker Sam Weaver describes the winemaking style as clean wines with "drive" and length of flavor. They show abundant fruit, but “pull in the reins” to manage it with more balance. All of the wines carry the North Canterbury appellation and are 100 percent varietal.

The Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc exceeds expectations with floral aromas and tropical fruit flavors that sustain a smooth balance with each sip. The Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay are delicious, and the Pinot Noir offers violet aromas followed by vibrant berry fruit flavors.

Mt. Beautiful wines are affordable ($16 to $26), easy to drink and pair beautifully with seasonally fresh foods or opened for special occasions.

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JoAnn Actis-Grande travels to many great wine regions all over the world writing about wine, travel, and curious lifestyles. She lives in Portsmouth and can be reached by email at Find more of her Let's Talk Wine columns online.


 Not Bread Alone : It's Summer Somewhere

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Now that we've had some temperatures in the teens and winter is a certainty, it's re-assuring to think that, right now, it's summer somewhere. All across the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite: summer now, winter when we're on the beach.

I just had a chance to taste some New Zealand wines made in the reversed seasons below the equator. While our temperatures sank below 20 and the ground hardened with frost, it was sunny and 70ish in Christchurch, New Zealand. The coastal breeze across Pegasus Bay from the Southern Pacific brought refreshing ocean air to the vineyards. What an ideal climate for Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris!

The island nation of New Zealand is a land of fantastic landscapes (Lord of the Rings was filmed there), steep mountain peaks, and stunning shorelines. NZ is really two main islands, the North and South, plus numerous smaller islands. Its isolated location in the southwestern Pacific made it one of the last places to be inhabited by humans and gave it a unique biodiversity.

The climate of this relatively small nation ranges from cool and wet to sunny and warm. Agricultural products make up the largest share of NZ exports, with the rapidly growing wine industry overtaking wool as a key part of the mix.

Wine has been made in New Zealand since colonial times, but their Sauvignon Blanc burst upon the world scene in the 1980s. Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough at the Northeast tip of the South Island, especially the Cloudy Bay brand, took the wine world by storm. The NZ style married the traditional tropical fruit flavors of Sancerre from Loire Valley in France with brisk acidity and refreshing citrus flavors.

With diverse climate regions and soil types on both islands, New Zealand makes a wide range of wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are well established producing varietal reds as well as Bordeaux-style blends. Pinot Noir is rising in production, as worldwide demand drives winemakers to search out sites where this difficult grape will thrive. Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant white wine, but Chardonnay is also widely planted. Winemakers are experimenting with Riesling, Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio) and Chenin Blanc, along with other international grape varieties.

Mt. Beautiful winery is continuing this exploration of New Zealand's wine potential. With more than 140 acres of vines including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, owners David and Leigh Teece have opened a new vineyard in North Canterbury on the east coast of the South island. Seven miles inland from Pegasus Bay, but sheltered from strong ocean winds by Mt. Beautiful, the vineyards are certified sustainable, and the wines are all made exclusively from estate-grown fruit.

Their Sauvignon Blanc has tamed the sometimes excessive NZ acidity, and blended tropical fruit aromas with a fresh-hay grassiness. Bright and refreshing, it's delightful to sip and well-matched with hors d'oeuvres, fish, or chicken.

Mt. Beautiful makes a small amount of Pinot Gris, a wine I'm always eager to try. This example, like some of the better ones from Oregon, has floral aromas accented with pear. The pear notes persist in the flavor along with green apple and continue into the wine's long mineral finish.

The Mt. Beautiful owners say Pinot Noir is their favorite of the five wines now under production. With a floral fragrance, red berry flavors, and mild tannins, it favors a more subtle French Burgundy style. No new-world, in-your-face, cherry-berry here.

With over 11,000 cases made, the Sauvignon Blanc ($16) should be easy to find. Production of the Pinot Noir ($26) was under 4,000 cases and the Pinot Gris ($19) only an experimental 1,500 cases. Mt. Beautiful wines are available at New Canaan Wine Merchants, Greens Farms Spirit Shop in Westport and Cost Less Wines in Stamford. Or you can ask your favorite retailer to order you some.

Mt. Beautiful doesn't host visitors at the winery, but they have a tasting room in the nearby town of Cheviot. With small plates and local products in addition to the wines, they have regular hours, but as the website says, "are often open later in summer months." It pleases me to know it's summer there now. Too bad it's so far away. I'd like to hop on a plane right now for some reverse season winter-wine touring.

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New Zealand's Mt. Beautiful Launches New Winery & Tasting Room

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New Zealand's Mt. Beautiful Launches New Winery & Tasting Room

New winery built for 2015 vintage; new tasting room in Cheviot open to the public

Cheviot, NZ, Dec. 8, 2015 —Mt. Beautiful announces the completion of a new US$3.5 million winery located in the up-and-coming region of North Canterbury, NZ and the opening of a public tasting room conveniently located nearby in downtown Cheviot.


About The Winery

World-renowned scholar/entrepreneur and New Zealand native David J. Teece, together with his wife, Leigh, founded Mt. Beautiful with a mission: “We wanted to bring the best of New Zealand to the world,” explains Teece. “And to do that, we wanted to pioneer an unrecognized area in New Zealand that was suitable for viticulture, but where no one else had planted before.”

A two-year search led to just the right spot at North Canterbury’s scenic northernmost fringe, only seven miles from the ocean yet protected from harsh sea winds by a benevolent namesake, Mt. Beautiful. Here, the Teeces established their vineyard from 2003-2005 and began making wine in tiny quantities in 2007.

The new winery—commissioned for the 2015 vintage—is the next step in the brand’s evolution and was specifically designed to allow for the best possible handling of the property’s estate-grown, certified-sustainable fruit. Consulting Winemaker Sam Weaver says, “For me it’s a huge step forward, bringing the ultimate level of control of the whole winemaking process back to the vineyard.”

The winery’s current capacity is 400 tons with an expansion to 650 tons planned for vintage 2016. Mt. Beautiful has multiple fermenters in a variety of sizes, which allows all of the vineyard blocks to be fermented individually. This lets the winemakers understand what each site in the vineyard is capable of in terms of style and quality—an important process in a vineyard featuring 23 different soil types and several distinct microclimates.

Mt. Beautiful wines are not only different from most New Zealand wines by way of their North Canterbury location, but they are also different in style. The wine style captures the essence of New Zealand while embracing a more restrained approach, with harmony and balance. Mt. Beautiful produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir wines that are the expression of this wild and rugged region, with aromatic and flavor profiles that let the pure terroir come through.


About the Tasting Room

The tasting room was a natural expansion of the Mt. Beautiful experience, according to CEO Robert Watkins, since the winery itself is not open to the public. “We designed and built the tasting room to enhance, educate and capture our philosophies and activities in the vineyard and on our working farms,” he says. The tasting room features high definition flat screens showing photos, videos and even a live feed during harvest so that guests can be close to the action but comfortably seated, enjoying a glass of Mt. Beautiful wine. “Wine lovers can now see and taste for themselves that our motto, ‘Beautiful wine comes from a beautiful place,’ is quite true,” he adds.

All the tasting room’s wooden furniture is designed and made by a local Cheviot craftsman, from wood cut and milled from the vineyard property. In a whimsical note, the tasting counter has a large notch in it to mimic what locals affectionately call “The Chasm,” an old, deep riverbed that separates the two halves of the Mt. Beautiful vineyard.

The tasting room is located in the town of Cheviot at 11 Hall Street. Here, visitors can enjoy current and older vintages, verticals, and large format bottles paired with an enticing variety of small plates and platters featuring local products such as Mt. Grey Olives, Smoked Warihou or Cheviot Hills Salami. Tel: +64 3-319 8155. Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (often later in summer months). Reservations are not required. 


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Mt. Beautiful Opens a Tasting Room in Cheviot



Mt. Beautiful Opens a Tasting Room in Cheviot

Cheviot, New Zealand - (March 6, 2015) - The Mt. Beautiful Tasting Room opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, March 3rd.  They will be welcoming in guests to try their North Canterbury wines along with platters of local and regionally sourced foods.

Mt. Beautiful has been preparing to open the tasting room for the past 10 months and they are very excited to start showcasing their wines in this new tasting facility.  The tasting room, located on State Highway 1 in the town of Cheviot, shares a building with the local café, Two Rivers. 

Mt. Beautiful is a premium North Canterbury wine brand grown and produced at Spotswood, 9 kilometres north of Cheviot. For vintage 2015 they have set up their own on site, high specification winemaking facility which can process 700 tons of fruit.

The stunning vineyard, which was established in October 2004, is 80 hectares of vines planted across 140 hectares. The vines are planted on the north facing slopes of the rolling hills and gullies and include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay varieties.  Surrounding the vineyards is Teece Family Farm, a high density sheep and beef operation.

“We are very excited to finally have a local presence to showcase our passion for growing and producing unique wines from the North Canterbury area,” says Robert Watkins, CEO of Mt. Beautiful.  “We hope to add to the vibrant Cheviot community by bringing in locals and passing guests to enjoy our wines and other town attractions.”

The Mt. Beautiful tasting room is located at 11 Hall Street, Cheviot and is open from 10:00-18:00 daily.  The facility is available for private events and tastings. They are licensed to sell off-premise and also offer wine by the glass to enjoy in their inviting seating areas.

About Mt. Beautiful:

Scholar Entrepreneur, and New Zealand native David Teece, and his wife Leigh, believe his homeland “produces some of the best products in the world and aficionados everywhere should have a chance to experience them.” Mt. Beautiful Wines from North Canterbury reflects their passion for New Zealand. By producing elegant, certified-sustainable, estate-grown wines, David and Leigh have found a way to truly encapsulate in the bottle, the climate and the richness of the land. Mt Beautiful is uncompromising in quality and faithful to the terroir.  As pioneers of the North Canterbury region, Mt. Beautiful owners David and Leigh were looking to invest in David’s homeland in a way that would allow expression of their passion for farm-to-table food and wine, while energizing the community to which they are so genuinely committed. By creating Mt. Beautiful Wines and adopting certified-sustainable practices, they are able to be dedicated guardians of the land, and good stewards of their New Zealand heritage. 

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