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The Proust Q&A: Peter Yealands

Peter Yealands is the founder and owner of Yealands Estate in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand – one of the first properties to introduce varieties like Gruner Veltliner and Viognier to the region. The estate is one of a handful in the world to have its winery certified as carbon neutral.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A healthy, loving family.

What is your greatest fear? 

Someone close to me getting ill.

Who do you most admire?

My father – 91 years young and still going strong.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Fish and chips on a Friday night.

What is your current state of mind? 
Healthy, happy and positive.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Let’s give it a crack, I’d rather be first and wrong than second.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My wife Vai.

When and where were you happiest?

When newly married.

Which talent would you most like to have?

To be able to play a classical instrument beautifully.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wouldn’t mind being skinnier.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Staying alive!

Where would you most like to live?

Right where I am on my farm in Marlborough.

What is your most treasured possession?

My memory.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My Long hair and bushy beard.

Who are your favorite writers?

Jean M Auel and Wilber Smith.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Davy Crockett.

What is it that you most dislike?

Sour rhubarb.

What is your greatest regret?

I don’t have any.

What is your motto?

Think boldly, tread lightly, and never say it can’t be done.

Who would be your ideal dinner party guests and what wines would you serve them?

Prince Harry and Kate Middleton (sorry William) – I’d serve them our wines to show them what New Zealand can do.

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