- Published on Thursday, 21 June 2012 08:01
- Written by Carol Emmas
Paterson has left his position at the Marlborough estate but has continued to support the winemaking team through the 2012 harvest and beyond. The funding from Naked Wines will allow him to make his own wines.
The first wine a Sauvignon Blanc called Lay of the Land Destination 2011 (rrp £12.49) - will arrive in the UK at the end of June, he is also making a Pinot Noir for Naked, which will sell on the site later this year.
The online retailer is helping to raise funds for Paterson's project by running a campaign to their 100,000 Angels where 2,000 cases will be up for grabs with 28% off the retail price at £8.99 per bottle.
Paterson says: "Lay of the Land wines have been a long time coming. I've always dreamt of making my own wine but the financial equation was beyond scary.
"The respect I hold for the team and owners of Jackson is immeasurable, but after talking with the innovative team at Naked Wines' about their investment model, I knew I had to seize the opportunity.
"After only six months of being in touch with Naked my dream has become a reality. My ambition with Lay of the Land series wines is to capture to the varietal, seasonal and individual vineyard expressions of Marlborough's unique landscape, with fruit grown by trusted friends."
The move follows in the footsteps of a campaign run earlier this year, where Naked Wines raised over £130,000 to fund fellow New Zealand winemaker Rod Easthope.