Category: New Zealand

Automating estimates: AI to predict yields

Wine companies will soon be able to use artificial intelligence to count inflorescence, with a research prototype to be trialled in Marlborough later this year. Source: New Zealand Winegrower

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UK ‘close’ to trade deal with New Zealand that could lead to cheaper wine and meat

Britain is close to signing a free trade deal with New Zealand that could pave the way for cheaper wine and meat imports, it was reported. Source: inews

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Crops will rot if workers aren’t found

Central Otago’s horticulture sector fears fruit may be left to rot if a labour shortage isn’t filled soon. Source: RNZ

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Light ‘n’ Lovely: Low yields but high quality in vintage 2021

Grape yields across the country have taken a hit from poor flowering, but growers and winemakers are welcoming beautiful fruit and a kind ripening season. Source: New Zealand Grapegrower

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Wine industry looks ahead to winter harvest: ‘Pacific workforce is critical’

The wine industry is backing calls by orchardists to open the borders to the vital pacific workforce. Hawke’s Bay fruit growers say fruit is rotting due to the large labour shortage. Yesterday they urged the government to open the border to the Pacific Islands to allow thousands of workers to come here as part of […]

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Craggy Range declared one of the most admired wine brands in the world

Craggy Range has again been recognised by UK based Drinks International publication, as being in the Top 50 World’s Most Admired Wine Brands. Craggy Range was ranked No. 30 on the list which is wonderful endorsement for the wines of Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough, and recognition that they sit amongst the great wine regions of […]

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IrrigationNZ says water storage is key to enabling emissions reductions

IrrigationNZ has submitted its Climate Change Commission draft advice report and is supportive of the desire to reduce emissions in New Zealand, and play its part in this global issue. “However, our view is that zero carbon targets won’t be met without investment in water storage, capture and precision use. Water infrastructure needs to be […]

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Hundreds of overseas workers helped in Marlborough during COVID-19 closures

Helping overseas visitors and workers navigate the “awful” uncertainty of being stranded in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic was a rewarding experience for a Marlborough aid worker. Red Cross Blenheim community activator Trudy Langford was appointed regional lead for a government programme to help foreign nationals stuck here during the pandemic last year.

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‘World’s first’ winemaking method ships globally from North Canterbury

A “world’s first” winemaking method born in North Canterbury exposes fruit to the elements to ensure each strain is unique. Greystone Vineyard in Waipara, North Canterbury has been experimenting with the vineyard-treatment method for nearly 10 years, allowing the natural environment and temperatures to affect wines and shape them differently from strain to strain.

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Apple producer may buy Villa Maria

New Zealand’s largest apple grower could be about to acquire the nation’s major wine producer Villa Maria Estate, according to The Australian Financial Review. The publication said that New Zealand’s Scales Corporation, which is the country’s biggest apple grower and packer, has put in an attractive bid for the wine business.

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Selling sustainability

New Zealand’s wine industry has collectively made great strides to embrace and further all aspects of sustainability, looking to be a leader among the world’s wine-producing nations. And the progress made is impressive. New Zealand’s producers are set to achieve net zero emissions ahead of a 2050 national regulatory deadline and some 96% of vineyards […]

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Air New Zealand transports Samoan seasonal workers to support local fruit and wine industries

Air New Zealand flight NZ993 departed Apia, Samoa for Auckland last week, carrying around 150 Samoan workers who will take up seasonal employment in New Zealand for the first time since its international borders closed in March 2020. This flight was the last of five planned flights, which brought more than 700 seasonal workers to […]

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New Zealand startup Winely joins South Australian Landing Pad program

As vintage gets underway in South Australia, wine-tech company Winely has joined the South Australian Landing Pad program to set up shop in the wine state. Founded in 2017, the company develops sensors placed inside wine tanks that provide real-time fermentation analysis to winemakers via cloud-based software. Winely currently has three South Australian wineries using […]

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Villa Maria launches organic wine range to meet sustainable produce demand

New Zealand winery Villa Maria has launched its first organic wine range, EarthGarden. The new range is designed to meet a rising global demand for sustainable produce, and forms part of the winery’s commitment to converting 100 per cent of its vineyards to be organically managed by 2030.

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Lawson’s Dry Hills achieves carbon zero certification

Marlborough wine producer, Lawson’s Dry Hills, has this week achieved carbon zero status having met the requirements of ISO14064 and received accreditation from Toitu. ISO 14064 specifies the principles and requirements for quantifying and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals. It includes requirements for the design, development, management, reporting and verification of an organisation’s […]

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