It all started in 2012 when Dot Kettle asked Neudorf Vineyards to host a Chamber of Commerce event. Judy Finn suggested they add some other producers and the mini-market was a huge success.
So, with Dot’s encouragement the Moutere Artisans was born. Today the tightly bound group considers this sort of co-operative marketing a huge success.
“Upper Moutere is a special place – each of the 16 artisans is a high achiever in their field. Look at Neudorf Mushrooms – they supply New Zealand’s top restaurants. Peckham’s Cider are Champion producers, add in the style of Katie Gold and Owen Bartlett ceramics and then there is the wine, Neudorf Vineyards has created a world wide reputation for Chardonnay and Pinot – a fact they put down to the Moutere clays, along with Kahurangi, Himmselfeld and Harakeke. Moutere Hills Café and Vineyard and the Moutere Inn are renowned for their food. After lunch pick up a punnet of new season’s strawberries and for coffee head to Michael MacMillan gallery to see an inspired studio and gallery with extraordinary sculpture and French inspired homewares and Neudorf Olive oil is proudly sold in the country’s best delicatessens.
Dave Barrett at Thorveld is famous for sheep’s milk cheese and yoghurts. A new member of the collective is Tanya Doty from Heartstone Basketry. She uses local pine needles and willow to craft beautiful heirloom baskets. Together these people live and work in the village and this annual open day is a chance to bring friends out to the Moutere to show them why we live in this blessed area.
The Artisans have enjoyed a great deal of media attention, including articles in NZ Geographic, Kiaora Magazine and a four-page feature in Cuisine magazine.
“The charm of the village combined with the talent of the artisans has created a destination to celebrate.”
Former chair Andrew Sutherland says the group will continue to grow and adapt. We enjoy the company, we know that sharing the marketing is wise and fruitful. In these days oif too much information, we’re happy to carve our place in the region’s reputation.
The Open Day is Labour Day Sunday from 11 am until 4pm.
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