The perfect match
A Marlborough wine company its playing its part on the New Zealand arts scene, having resigned in a supporting role with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Nautilus Estate began their association with the ballet in 2011, and at the end of last month the contract with RNZB was renewed until the end of 2017.
Nautilus sales and marketing manager Katy Prescott said the ballet company was the perfect match for Nautilus.
"They are a fantastic organisation with the highest level of aesthetic quality and professionalism, values that we hold dear," she said.
Prescott said the arrangement, which sees the company provide all the wines for the ballet's entertaining throughout the year, came about through discussions with a mutual friend.
"The Royal New Zealand Ballet was looking for a new wine partner and we were recommended to them," she said.
"We enjoy taking our trade customers and partners to the Royal New Zealand Ballet performances – it allows us to showcase our wines in a responsible manner and in beautiful surroundings."
Nautilus launched their first sparkling rose, a 2011 Nautilus Rose Vintage Estate, to coincide with the ballet company's 60th anniversary in 2013.
Abigail Boyle, one of the company's leading dancers, is also sponsored financially by Nautilus.
Prescott said Nautilus supported her training, development and travel, and hoped to work more closely with her over the next 12 months.
The ballet's managing director Amanda Skoog said it was "lovely" to be associated with Nautilus, and she thought it had been a "win-win" situation.
"I think both parties are very happy about it."
The RNZB was started in 1953 by Danish Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Poul Gnatt. It is currently made up of 32 dancers.
- The Marlborough Express