Smith & Sheth is a contemporary négociant inspired by the original French négociants and British merchants who worked, using their connections, to create expert wines.
Steve Smith MW has a formidable reputation in the wine industry and Brian Sheth is an investor and wildlife conservationist with a strong love for New Zealand. They share a love of fine wine and in 2014 realised their dream and began building on over 35 years spent forging relationships.
The French have terroir, meaning a sense of place, but in New Zealand they have their own defining word - Tūrangawaewae which defines a special place in the world where one feels connected and empowered. This word describes the special connection of a people and the land they live and work in. Smith & Sheth hand select only the best fruit from exceptional vineyards, then nurture, blend and bottle wines that express the beauty and character of a place, and the passion of its people under the CRU label.