Category: New Zealand

Yealands win four trophies at international comp

Yealands Wine Group (Yealands) are celebrating success after receiving an outstanding four trophies at the 2018 International Wine Challenge (IWC) . Three of the trophies were awarded to Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah 2014 with the fourth going to Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017. Source, Voxy.co.nz

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Marlborough Wine Estates Group Limited

Investors are always looking for growth in small-cap stocks like Marlborough Wine Estates Group Limited (NZSE:MWE), with a market cap of NZ$69.81M. However, an important fact which most ignore is: how financially healthy is the business? Source, Simply Wall Street

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NZ winemakers call 2018 a challenging year

New Zealand vintners are going to remember 2018 as one for the record books. Matt Stafford of Craggy Range points out that the 2017–’18 growing season included the hottest summer on record in New Zealand. Many regions faced plenty of humidity and a lack of spring winds. Source, Wine Spectator

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Foley Family Wines plans to issue 2.03m shares

Foley Family Wines has entered into a conditional agreement to issue 2.03 million shares to Lion – Beer, Spirits & Wine (NZ), the local unit of Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings, to partially fund its $55 million acquisition of Mt Difficulty Wines. It also plans to make an offer to existing retail shareholders through a share purchase plan. […]

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Pyrolysis plant plans put on hold

Residents near a proposed pyrolysis plant are claiming a “mini-victory” as the consent application is put on hold amid sweeping opposition. Waste Transformation Ltd was going to use the thermo-chemical plant to turn thousands of tonnes of timber waste at Bluegums Landfill, in Blenheim, into charcoal. Neighbour and biochemist John Fullarton said he hoped Waste Transformation Ltd would […]

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Rabobank appoints new wine analyst

Agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank has announced the appointment of Hayden Higgins to head up its horticulture and wine sector research. Higgins joins the bank’s food and agribusiness research team from his role as major agribusiness manager with Rabobank New Zealand. Source, Food Mag

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Waipara Valley wineries

Arguably New Zealand’s most exciting wine region right now, Waipara is brimming with vineyards big and small, each with their own unique neat elements and each producing outstanding wine. Source, Stuff

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North Canterbury organic winery wins awards

A North Canterbury family winery has been awarded the nation’s top organic wine honours, an acknowledgement of its natural way of doing things. Terrace Edge Wines, based in Waipara, took out the “Riedel Vineyard of the Year” award at the New Zealand Organic Wine Awards in early May. Source, Stuff

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A NZ vineyard hiking trail

It was when staff at Misha’s Vineyard were brainstorming ways to promote their new tasting room that they came up with the idea of a walking tour. With three other boutique wineries within walking distance, they hit on the idea of devising a hiking route connecting them all. Source, Evening Standard

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New marketing initiatives – getting social

New Zealand Winegrowers’ marketing team have launched a number of new initiatives to help promote the story of New Zealand wine. Global Marketing Director Chris Yorke tells Tessa Nicholson about them. Source, Rural News Group

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The Flying Winemaker acquires NZ’s Gladstone Vineyard

Eddie McDougall, founder of The Flying Winemaker, and Odyssey Capital Group, have purchased a majority stake in Wairarapa-based winery Gladstone Vineyard for an undisclosed sum, the company has announced. Gladstone, a small family-run winery, makes a range of wines from Pinot Gris to Riesling, but is best known for its Pinot Noir. Source, Drinks Business

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MPI confirms discovery of invasive weed in Canterbury

Biosecurity New Zealand (MPI) today confirmed that the invasive weed, great willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum), has been found growing in several areas in Canterbury. Great willowherb has not previously been recorded as present in New Zealand. Source, Biosecurity New Zealand

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Generational change at NZ’s Neudorf Vineyards

Rosie Finn is now the international marketing and brand director for Neudorf Vineyards. If you are familiar with this small, but esteemed, New Zealand winery this may not come as a surprise, given Rosie (26) is the only child of founders Tim and Judy Finn. Source, Scoop Independent News

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Variety spice of life for boutique vineyard

Mahana Hills is a tiny producer, making wines from varieties not usually produced in this region, like gamay noir, semillon, tempranillo and lagrein. The vineyard was started by Colin Fisher, a former Royal Navy Helicopter pilot, pub and restaurant owner and hospitality advisor in the UK. Source, Stuff

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Mt Difficulty winemaker pushes for better use of irrigation

Mt Difficulty co-owner and winemaker James Dicey is passionate about future proofing his vineyard. He hosted media on his Bannockburn property as part of the Irrigation New Zealand conference programme last month. Source, NZHerald.co.nz

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Investigating unusual wine varieties around NZ

One of the interesting things about wine is trying either unusual varieties, or unusual treatments of more common varieties. Hailing from South-Western France, Petit Manseng is hardly a household name in New Zealand, but the good people at Spade Oak Vineyard in Gisborne hope to change that. Source, Stuff

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