Those of you of a classical bent will already know that Sileni Estates in New Zealand is named for the Greek woodland spirits who were boon companions of Dionysus, the god of wine, and close relatives of satyrs and mountain nymphs.
Whether they ever capered and revelled in the area where Sileni Estates grow their grapes is a moot point, but the estate was certainly founded by a wine lover, Graeme Avery, a pharmaceutical scientist and publisher who, in partnership with financial director Chris Cowper and winemaker Grant Edmonds, established the estate in 1997.
Grant is chief winemaker and between his team and him there is experience of working in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Oregon, California and Australia. At their principal winery, a state-of-the -art facility near Hastings in Hawke's Bay, they have blend of high-tech and traditional equipment in balance to bring out the best in the grapes of this warm, dry region, New Zealand's oldest.
In addition to the Hawke's Bay facility, Sileni also have a winery in Marlborough on the South Island where they make benchmark sauvignon blanc and pinot noir.