Maasdam emigrants to New Zealand
On 7 December 1996, Ruud Maasdam and Dorien Vermaas emigrated to New Zealand with their two children Rutger and Josefien. They had given up a comfortable life in The Netherlands to start the vineyard of their dreams in the region of Rapaura Road , Marlborough, famous for its superb wines. In November 1998 their daughter Annabel was born in Wellington. Now, a few years later, their 21 Hectares (52 acres) "Staete Landt Vineyards" produces Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris wines. The Sauvignon Blanc of the first vintage in 2000 got a mention of "outstanding" in Wine Spectator, the prominent American wine magazine.
Ruud Maasdam and Dorien Vermaas