Category: New Zealand

Wine students to go back to the roots of where industry began

A course about winemaking has taken students back to the very roots where it all began. One Marlborough tertiary institute has offered students the chance to learn about the cultural significance of their soil science class. The course focused on the earth mother, Papatūānuku, and the relationship people have with the land. Source, Stuff

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Sommeliers prepare for NZ Sommelier of the Year Competition

This weekend, elite sommeliers from around the country will vie for the title of New Zealand Sommelier of the Year. The competition will take place on Sunday August 19 at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine’s 5th W&F Celebration at their premises in the Viaduct. Source, Scoop Independent News

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A viticulturist with true vigour

Success story: Emma Taylor Emma Taylor is never one to shy from a challenge. Ambitious, dedicated and hungry for knowledge, she has grown her strengths across many areas of viticulture, and now spends her days as the nursery viticulturist at Hawke’s Bay winery, Villa Maria. Chloe Szentpeteri spoke to the experienced New Zealander, to learn […]

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Champagne almost unintentionally exempted from excise duty

A drafting error in law that would have lowered the price of champagne by omitting it from alcohol excise and excise-equivalent table is about to be corrected in Parliament. The mistake would have come into effect on October 1 but will be corrected by a supplementary order paper. Source, NZ Herald

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NZ wines in the UK on-trade

UK consumers are ready to explore the lesser-known expressions New Zealand produces, from Chardonnay to Pinot Gris, and are happy to pay good money to do so. Source, Drinks Business

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Foley family bid for Mt Difficulty Wines ‘still with OIO’

Stakeholders in the proposed purchase of Mt Difficulty Wines by Foley Family Wines have declined to say whether a changed timeframe represents a delay, as an expected decision from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) about the sale is still awaited. Foley chief executive Mark Turnbull confirmed the sale last November, signalling Foley was scheduled to […]

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Top NZ Young Vits prepare for the 2018 National Final of Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition

After a few weeks of competitions, the respective winners for each region participating in the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year are now preparing for the National Final where they will battle it out to win the overall title of Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2018. The competition will take place on August 27 […]

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Fraud in wine export certificates admitted

An Auckland woman has admitted falsifying wine export applications in the first prosecution of its kind. The five wineries involved were granted interim suppression but this is opposed by Joyce Mary Frances Austin, 55, of Kohimarama. Suppression will be argued at her sentencing in December. Source, Stuff

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Founder of Yealands Wine Group in Environment Court

The “cavalier” founder of a major wine company has been convicted for “poor” building work he did for his son’s company. Peter Yealands, founder of Yealands Wine Group, admitted five charges relating to construction work that breached consent conditions at the Environment Court in Blenheim on Thursday. Source, Stuff

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Wine tutorial promising for industry

The inaugural Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial recently concluded in Hawke’s Bay. The three-day educational programme, to be held biannually at member wineries around NZ, was open to 12 participants working with New Zealand wine, selected through an essay submission. This group will be some of the future educators, communicators and leaders in the industry. […]

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Kiwi Pinot Noir comes of age

With its fascinating regional diversity, New Zealand’s most popular red has evolved into a wine that’s making the world sit up and take notice. The first pinot noir was planted in Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury in the early 60s with clones from Switzerland. It wasn’t an immediate success, but over the next 30 years, more […]

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Rosé is gaining respect for more than its looks

Last week the New World Wine Awards were judged over three days in Wellington and the entry figures show how Rosé is becoming a juggernaut. The 2018 judges sipped and spit 109 bottles of the pink wine. Ten years ago judges had just 18 to try. Source, Stuff

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Women in Wine to meet for first time

The new national Women in Wine organisation will hold its first Gisborne meeting next week and the organisers hope to attract a big turnout of women involved in all aspects of the wine industry. A key driver for establishing Women in Wine nationally in August last year was the lack of women putting their names […]

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NZ wines and the question of age

The New Zealand wine industry is dominated by a grape variety that is typically fermented and put into bottle within months – or even weeks – of being harvested. ‘Picked, pressed and pissed before Christmas’ is the life cycle of Sauvignon Blanc in some winemakers’ view. So, are NZ wines being released and consumed too […]

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The challenges and perks of being a professional wine judge

When wine judge Jim Harré goes to a dinner party and tastes a really good wine, he has to fight the urge to spit it out. It’s a difficult instinct to shake off when you spit out 6000 to 7000 wines a year. “When I spit wine out, I’m working,” Harré said as he took […]

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New chief judge for Marlborough Wine Show

Yesterday it was announced that Jack Glover will lead as chief judge for the Marlborough Wine Show. Now in its eight year, the show will kick off from the 15-17 October 2018. The event will showcase and celebrate New Zealand’s leading wine region and support Marlborough’s upcoming talent in the industry with the associate judging […]

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