Tongue in Groove Wines claim to be run by possibly the worst behaved women in the New Zealand wine industry (our kind of women), but fortunately they make damn fine wine.
(They hold no responsibility if drinking their wine makes you badly behaved too.)

Tongue in Groove is a story of the ‘perfect fit’ – where all the people needed to make a successful wine company serendipitously found themselves in each other’s lives – the winemaker, the viticulturist, the marketer and the money (aka ‘sugar daddy’). Situated in the North Canterbury, New Zealand, the focus here is on Pinot and Riesling. Yes, we like these wines. You should know about them.

We hung out with Ange to chat all things Pinot! Don’t forget you can keep up to date with Ange on Instagram, and with Tongue in Groove Wines on Facebook.

What style do you think characterises the wines of your region?

Red fruit

If your pinots were music artists, who would they be?

North Canterbury Pinot Noir: Alice Russell
Power, sexiness, killer length, pinned down by an earthy savouriness.
Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir: Chet Faker
More robust, but still with a rich smoothness. Ethereal quality backboned by tannin and structure.

Tell us three things we need to know about your region?

Wicked community

What’s the one thing we simply must do in your region?

Come on a wild food and winery tour with us!

When no one is watching, you drink…


Your pinots are best for…

That moment when you just need to be transported away from all this and to somewhere full of bad women and good wine.

Your pinots are best paired with…

Life on the edge.

If not you, who else should people try?

Greystone, Muddy Water, Peg Bay. Black Estate

What year was your first pinot noir vintage and what song best represents it?

1993 and it was Cannonball by the Breeders

That one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…

What song should we listen to when driving to the winery?

What song should we listen to when driving away and onto the next one?

What do you listen to when you’re MAKING Pinot?

What do yu listen to when you’re DRINKING Pinot?