Category: New Zealand

The Indigenous Maori winemakers of New Zealand

Kaitiakitanga: It’s a word the Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, use to describe their guardianship of the land, its people and its culture. It’s also a key value shared by Māori wineries, of which there are fewer than twelve established in New Zealand. “It’s sustainability on steroids,” says Lina Stroud, business manager of […]

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Creating a native corridor on vineyards

Pernod Ricard sustainability business partner Nicola Dann is on a constant look out for potential “hop spots” on Pernod Ricard Winemakers vineyards, with planting plans that work for vineyards and tui alike. Dann wants a “corridor” of native planting between Northbank forest and the Wairau Plain, to create sanctuary habitats for native birdlife and insects […]

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Researcher leading charge on how grape growers can control trunk disease

New Zealand is known for its new world wine, but as vineyards start to age their susceptibility to the crippling trunk disease is increasing.  Marlborough Plant and Research senior scientist, Dion Mundy says “research has been done internationally, but we need to modify this for New Zealand and our environment”. Source: Stuff

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Countdown to the 2019 Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year national final

Following six regional finals throughout June and July, the countdown is on to the 2019 Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year national final.  Six finalists from around the country will take part in the competition on Monday 26th August at Te Awa winery in Hawke’s Bay. The national finalists are: Jake Dromgool from The Landing, Northland; […]

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Could the Bubas bison dung beetle be an asset to grapegrowers?

By playing around in excrement, dung beetles provide a bio control that takes that dung deep into the soil, providing all important nutrients and breaking up the soil by providing airspace. Source: New Zealand Winegrower

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Ben Tombs from Peregrine is the Central Otago Young Winemaker of the Year

The Central Otago competition was held at VinPro in Cromwell on 15th August and was the last of the three regional competitions. There were eight contestants who came from wineries across Central Otago. Congratulations also to Jordan Moores from Felton Road for coming second, and Margot Best from Mt Difficulty for coming third. Although Tombs took […]

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‘The Family of Twelve Award’ hold second Wine Tutorial and give out two awards

The Family of Twelve hosted 12 dynamic and engaged wine professionals in Auckland for its second annual Wine Tutorial. The twelve were selected from applicants from Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Tastings included a Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2015 and a Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé, Grand Cru Bonnes Mares 2010 alongside […]

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Study to investigate uses for Marlborough wine harvest waste

A research project will investigate how the leftover plant material from Marlborough’s wine harvest can be recycle. A grant from the 2018 Waste Minimisation Fund will assist a Council-commissioned project run by Massey University, researching the possibility of turning grape marc into a reusable and potentially marketable product. Source: Newshub

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New Zealand Winegrowers’ Europe marketing manager comments on current trends

Harpers has asked key trade figures to highlight the current challenges, ongoing trends and opportunities. Chris Stroud, marketing manager Europe for New Zealand Winegrowers says “globally, NZ wine exports continue to grow and are now worth $1.82bn in value and up 6% by volume and 7% by value June MAT 2019 compared to June MAT […]

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The natural growth of organics

At the Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference Held in Blenheim, “there was no need to preach, or hit your head against a brick wall. The message was not only out there, it had been taken up by hundreds of people who have heard and what’s more, implemented”, writes Tessa Nicholson. Source: NZ Winegrowers

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Marlborough Young Winemaker of the Year 2019 announced

Emily Gaspard-Clark from Spy Valley is the Tonnellerie de Mercurey Marlborough Young Winemaker of the Year 2019. The Marlborough competition was held at NMIT on 7st August and this is the second of the three regional competitions. There were eight contestants who came predominantly from Marlborough, but also one from Nelson. Peter Russell from Matua came […]

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Bridging the connections between Oregon and New Zealand wine

Master of Wine Bree Stock, representing the Oregon Wine Board, and Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas, representing the New Zealand Winegrowers, presented a seminar to sommeliers and wine buyers in New York City that showed the connections between Oregon and New Zealand as winemaking countries. Source: Forbes

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Overseas cash into vineyard approved

A $5 million investment in a Central Otago vineyard has been approved by the Overseas Investment Office. The Joval Wine Group (NZ) Ltd (John Fulvio Valmorbida and family), of Australia, has been given permission to buy 19.6ha of freehold land in Queensberry. Source: Otago Daily Times

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For the first time, Chardonnay overtakes Sauvignon Blanc at New World Wine Awards

For the first time in the New World Wine Awards’ 17-year history, there are more samples of Chardonnay, the most divisive drink in the competition, than Kiwi’s famous varietal Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay makes up 189 of the 1415 wines being judged, said chair of judges Jim Harré. Source: Winetitles

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Mercurey North Island Young Winemaker of the Year 2019 announced

Kate Franklin from Sacred Hill has become the Tonnellerie de Mercurey North Island Young Winemaker of the Year 2019. The North Island competition was held at EIT in Hawke’s Bay on 1st August.  This is the first of the three regional competitions and is open to all emerging young winemakers from around the North Island.  […]

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‘X,’ marks the drop: Sarah Jessica Parker unveils her New Zealand wine

Actress and designer Sarah Jessica Parker has this week unveiled the look and name of her New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wine, called Invivo X, SJP, which will be available globally from September. The fashion icon has made the drop with her partner-in-wine New Zealand winery Invivo & Co, and has been very hands-on in the blending process and the label design. “I have thoroughly […]

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