The Tablelands Wine Company was born in the heart of the Big Apple back in January of 2009. Once New Yorkers had a taste there was no stopping the demand that followed. We are now in over 400 accounts in the New York area being poured at top establishments such as Megu Japanese, Blue Ribbon,Lure, Soho House, Saxon and Parole to name a few. Our philosophy however is ‘Wine to the People’ and this is evident with Tablelands being enjoyed in a wide variety of all accounts in the New York Area. Cheers!
Co-Director - Promoting its Quality
Wairarapian Magnus Riddiford grew up in Martinborough with the inception of the Martinborough wine industry. In 2008 Magnus was employed by Vintage New Zealand in New York as a media marketing manager on the Vintage project where he interviewed and photographed numerous wine personalities back in New Zealand for the website. In 2009 he worked for both Communal Brands and RO Imports selling New Zealand Wines. In August of 2009 Magnus became the Marketing Manager for RO Imports. It was in this same year that an opportunity arose with Simon Buck and The Tablelands Wine Company was created.
Co-Director - Wine Production & Distribution
Although born in New York, Simon grew up in Wellington New Zealand and returned to the country of his birth in 1997 having spent the previous 2 years living and working in London. He has spent most of his working life in the wine importing business, based in New York and San Francisco. He worked for one of the earliest Importer s of New Zealand wine into the US and has had the pleasure of working with a number of its most iconic producers including Te Mata Estate and Dry River. In recent years we have added, Millton Vineyards, Quartz Reef and Rippon Vineyard to that list. In 2009 Simon had the chance to build his own brand with Magnus and the Tablelands Wine Company was born.
Finance - New Zealand Logistics
Steve Stuart is the man on the ground back in the Motherland. Steve handles all the financial planning and is charged with the task of keeping Magnus and Simon on their toes. He keeps the ship heading in the right direction.
We Know our Wine, & We know some of
New Zealands best grape growers and winemakers. Great vineyards and talented people make great wine and we know how to get some of New Zealand’s top wines without breaking the bank. It’s that simple
What makes Tablelands different? Both Simon and Magnus have family wine in their DNA with a combined 20 years of in depth experience in the US market. Tablelands is named after the Riddiford ancestral home in Martinborough. That combination of New Zealand roots and US expertise gives the Tablelands wine company an edge when communicating to customers in the market. Sophisticated with charming kiwi authenticity.
We know some of New Zealands best grape growers and winemakers. Great vineyards and talented people make great wine. It’s that simple. And we know how to get some of New Zealand’s top wines without breaking the bank.
The Martinborough wine district is “small in size but huge in style.” Tablelands pinot noir epitomizes terroir driven Martinborough Pinot Noir with aromas of smoke, mushroom and spice compliment the taste explosion of bright red-fruit flavors.
From the limestone rich, Waipara growing region Tablelands pinot noir shows classic aromas of smoke, mushroom and spice compliment an explosion of bright red-fruit flavors.
The East Coast appellation Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of grapes grown in Martinborough and Hawkes Bay. The combination of the rich yet zingy Martinborough fruit and more refined Hawkes Bay fruit leads to a wine that has amazing drinkability with the richness of stone fruit, highlights of peach and lime and underlying minerality.
Sourced from a single vineyard in the Awatere Valley from one of Marlborough’s pioneer growers, Tablelands Pinot Gris shows aromas and flavors of ripe Anjou pears and spice notes. The wine is weighty yet smooth and easy to drink with balanced acidity. For those new to New Zealand Pinot Gris there is richness of flavor associated with the Alsace and balanced with a freshness and zing that one might see from Northern Italy.
The 2009 growing season was one of the best Hawkes Bay has ever seen. Taking advantage of this, Tablelands beautifully ripe grapes did not go anywhere near an oak barrel. The wine has a smoky, peachy, floral aroma that meshes perfectly with the minerally, fruit flavors.
2010 Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc, Martinborough - "Wonderfully bright and refreshing…” MW
2009 Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc, Martinborough - “Wonderfully bright and refreshing… Balances fleshy ripeness and refreshing acidity.” MW
2010 Tablelands Sauvignon Blanc, Martinborough - Attractive nectarine and melon fruit underscored by grapefruit notes that brighten and enliven the long, mouth coating finish.” JC