Category: New Zealand

New Zealand exporters prepare for the worst after Brexit defeat

Kiwi exporters are preparing themselves for tough times after UK lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal this week. The plan’s defeat has New Zealand businesses feeling uncertainty, particularly wine businesses, as the UK is New Zealand’s largest export market for wine. Villa Maria Winemaker David Roper remarked, “It is a significant market for […]

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New Zealand’s Craggy Range appoints new chief winemaker

Australian winemaker Julian Grounds has joined the Hawke’s Bay winery Craggy Range. This appointment has come at an exciting period for the winery: “The Peabody Family [owners] are making their largest new vineyard investments in more than a decade. Julian will play a pivotal role in defining the plantings and trials as we embark on […]

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NZ wine brand Babydoll heading to the UK with confidence

New Zealand’s Babydoll wines will make its debut at the UK annual trade tasting ‘Flavours of New Zealand’ this week, with the aim to increase its presence in the UK in 2019 in the premium New Zealand sector. The Marlborough based Babydoll is named after the sheep that help keep the grass down between vines. […]

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New Zealand’s wine sector must reduce reliance on Sauvignon Blanc

The New Zealand wine industry needs to become less dependent on Sauvignon Blanc by researching other grape varietals, according to a recent strategic review. The review highlighted that New Zealand has the highest of one-prime varietal of any wine producing country in the world, and that Sauv Blanc accounted for nearly 75% of New Zealand’s […]

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Three major changes highlighted in NZ Winegrowers strategic review

The strategic review undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has addressed strategic industry themes including supply, demand, sustainability, technology, and regulations. PwC spokesman Patrick Lyons summarised the report by highlighting three key shifts: enhancing the industry’s reputation, responding to changing market dynamics, and managing and mitigating risks to profitability. Source: New Zealand Winegrower

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New Zealand’s record breaking hot 2018 affected Sauvignon Blanc grapes

Last year was New Zealand’s second warmest year on record, and the summer heat saw very early Sauvignon Blanc winegrape maturation in Marlborough. 2018 was also a new record for the warmest minimum temperatures, according to the recently released annual summary by Niwa, and the Kiwi city of Hastings had its warmest year on record […]

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Kiwi wine contractor fined $140,000 for failing to pay minimum wage

Marlborough-based vineyard labour contractor, Double Seven, has been fined NZ $140,000 after an inspection found that the company failed to keep accurate records for employees, provide employment contracts, and pay some workers the minimum wage. New Zealand’s Employment Relations Authority (ERA) member Peter Van Keulen said the business “exploited vulnerable migrant employees, employees who will […]

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Research project to help NZ wine industry during labour shortages

The largest government funding for a research project in primary industries aims to help vineyard owners with future labour shortages. $16.8 million dollars has been granted to the University of Auckland’s department of electrical and computer engineering, over five years. The university, along with six institutional research partners across New Zealand will develop a robotic […]

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French climate change researchers want to partner up with NZ grapegrowers

A French research organisation studying the effects of climate change on viticulture is hoping to partner up with New Zealand grape growers, through a collaboration with the New Zealand Winegrowers Research Centre. The information from Kiwi growers will be used to “develop and use climate models, taking account of both climate change simulations and local […]

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Niche winegrowers putting Waitaki Valley on the map

Waitaki Valley in North Otago is New Zealand’s newest and smallest wine region. The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand recently approved the Waitaki Valley Winegrowers Association’s application for a geographical indication, and as of December, there were three cellar doors in the valley. River-T Estate Wines co-owners Karen Tweed and Murray Turner opened the […]

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Peter Yealands paid out $23m as opposed to Marlborough Lines sueing him

More information is coming to light about the fallout of the Yealands controversy; Yealands Family Wines former owner Peter Yealands and two former winemakers were charged and fined under the New Zealand Wine Act for failing to declare that wine intended for export to the EU had been sweetened with sugar after fermentation, contrary to EU rules. The […]

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Yealands Wines founder Peter Yealands pleads guilty to polluting stream

The founder of environmentally-minded wine company, Yealands Family Wines, has “significantly” polluted a stream. Peter Yealands has admitted in 2016 he allowed grape marc to leach into soil near a waterway, Sixteen Valley Stream, southeast of Blenheim. Tests showed the stream’s water quality was severely affected “with grey clouds and a black fungus”. Judge Melanie […]

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Marlborough wineries preparing for tourist influx

The November 2016 earthquake affected growers in North Canterbury and Marlborough, with the closure of State Highway 1 through Kaikōura: tourists were bypassing the coastal highway between Christchurch and Picton, and therefore the number of people visiting wineries in the area had dropped significantly. Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens is glad the barriers are […]

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Marlborough winery contaminates neighbours’ drinking water with grape waste

In 2016 Babich Wines’ new and untested grape marc pad, designed to store 100 tonnes of skins, seeds and stems left over from harvests, leaked into the ground, contaminating neighbours’ wells of drinking water. Babich Wines plead guilty to two charges of pollution in the Environment Court. Chief executive David Babich paid neighbours’ out-of-pocket expenses, and also reimbursed […]

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Auckland exporter convicted over false wine exports to Ireland

Exporter Joyce Austin, the sole director of New Zealand Boutique Wines, has been prosecuted by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and fined NZ $6000. Austin was “contracted by small wineries and advised clients to label uncertified samples as wine that had already been certified for export”, and the offending took place between March 2013 […]

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Kiwi Giesen winemaker rowing 3000 miles solo across the Atlantic for mental health awareness

26 year old Isaac Giesen, winemaker and member of New Zealand’s Giesen Wines family, has put his everyday life and career on hold to embark on a 3,000-mile solo rowing journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua. Giesen is rowing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge; there are 28 boats this year, but only five […]

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