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Joe Babich, New Zealand wine industry pioneer, passes away at 81

The Babich family is mourning the passing of Joe Babich, New Zealand wine industry pioneer, who passed away on 13 January 2022 after a two year battle with cancer, aged 81.

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Kiwi winegrape industries to support recovery in Tonga

The horticulture and winegrape industries in New Zealand are collecting donations to help with the recovery in Tonga, following the recent tsunami.

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New Zealand Winegrowers launches 2021 Mentoring Programme

New Zealand Winegrowers has launched the 2021 Mentoring Programme.  This programme aims to support wine industry members increase their confidence, focus on their self-development and reach their goals. 

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Fellows of New Zealand Winegrowers announced for 2021

The New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) Fellows award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the New Zealand wine industry.

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EIT wine student honours father with scholarship in his name

A new scholarship for students studying for Eastern Institute of Technology’s (EIT) Graduate Diploma of Oenology has been established by a current student who wants to honour his father with a trophy in his name.

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First year viticulture student chosen as Young Vintner of the Year

Maddison Airey, a 23-year-old first year Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science (BVWSci) student from the Eastern Intitute of Technology (EIT), has won the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society & Craggy Range Young Vintners Scholarship for 2021.

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Kiwi winegrowers facing their first decline in exports in 26 years

Kiwi winegrowers are facing their first decline in exports in 26 years. New Zealand Winegrowers report shows from June 2020 to June 2021, the value of local wine exports dropped three percent to $1.87 billion. It predicts the value of exports will fall again.

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Another year of financial troubles for Yealands Wine Group and Marlborough Lines

Marlborough Lines has had another financially challenging year, and it’s yet to be decided whether power users will receive their annual dividend distribution. The region’s electricity provider posted a drop in net profit after tax for the last financial year, down 26 per cent from last year, to $5.5 million. Total operating revenue was down […]

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Misha’s vineyard: Hitting Pinot’s high notes

One of New Zealand’s best Pinot producers discusses the difficulty of selling artisan wine in a corporate world. It isn’t easy being a small winery tucked away at the bottom of the world in New Zealand. It’s even tougher when you’re trying to make a reputation with something other than Sauvignon Blanc.

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NZ Sauvignon supplies a ‘disaster’

Pub operators are being urged to look to alternative Sauvignon Blanc supplies after the New Zealand vintage was described as a “disaster”.

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New Zealand wine in high demand

International demand for New Zealand wine shows no sign of slowing, with export value reaching $599 million in the first quarter of the new export year, up nine per cent on the previous year.

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Growth in canned wine sales since COVID signals shift in drinking habits of many Kiwis.

Wine from a can – a trend soaring in popularity internationally – is gaining “can do” acceptance in New Zealand. Cath Hopkin, co-founder and managing director of Joiy Wines, says the trend has been especially apparent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – with the company experiencing a large uplift in sales of canned […]

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Misha’s vineyard: Hitting Pinot’s high notes

One of New Zealand’s best Pinot producers discusses the difficulty of selling artisan wine in a corporate world. Misha Wilkinson runs Misha’s Vineyard with her husband Andy in Central Otago, Southern New Zealand. Together with their team, they produce a range of premium Pinot Noir along with award-winning aromatic whites.

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The gentle giants softly nurturing the vineyards of Churton

It’s early morning at Churton vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, and Emma Rossignol is hard at work with under-vine work, not behind the wheel of a tractor, but behind the swishing tail of a Clydesdale named Gordon.

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Wine industry gets boost from apprenticeship scheme

Apprenticeship initiatives enhanced through Covid-19 funding are making New Zealand’s wine sector more attractive to Kiwis. More than 10,000 employers have signed up to the Apprenticeship Boost Scheme, with sectors such as building and construction reporting a reinvigorated workforce since the Government introduced the funding in July 2020.

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Wine weather: Another La Niña

Spring weather, as we all know, is a time of huge transition. Increased daylight hours mean growing days kick in, temperatures are milder, and those annoying westerlies return. It is also a time when winter can still give us a reminder that we are not in summer yet and the climatic contrast from day to […]

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