‘My day job is acting but my life is really wine and farming.’ So says Sam Neill, world famous for his roles in screen hits like Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders, Dead Calm and The Piano, but whose real passion is his Two Paddocks wine estate in Central Otago, New Zealand. 

We caught up with Sam while he was quarantining after arriving back in New Zealand from 5 months filming Jurassic Park 6 in the UK. We chat wine, dinosaurs, ukeleles, lockdown, animals named after celebrities (like Merryl Streep the chicken), the antichrist’s taste in wine, Burgundy, Charlie Chaplin, the quest to make great great Pinot Noir, and what’s REALLY in Sam’s mug of ‘tea’…

ps part of this interview originally appeared on screen as part of our Wine Festival Online but if you’d like to ‘see’ our full (unedited) chat, head to our YouTube channel ‘Susie and Peter on Wine.’