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Craggy Range Winery staff celebrate being among World’s Best Vineyards

Craggy Range Winery staff celebrated with, well, a glass of lunchtime wine, as they found they were sitting at number 17 among the World’s Best Vineyards. It is one of two New Zealand wineries to make the list alongside Rippon in Central Otago.

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Gallo Secures New Zealand wine brand

In April 2019, Constellation struck a $1.7 billion deal to sell 30 wine brands to Gallo, causing huge upheaval in the bargain wine market in the US. New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office has given consent for the largest family-owned winery in the world to buy the Nobilo wine brand from Constellation Brands.

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Rabobank: COVID-19 hits NZ’s US wine sales hard

COVID-19 has created massive disruption in the US wine industry – New Zealand’s largest wine export market – resulting in lower total sales and significant revenue losses for some US wineries, according a new report from Rabobank.

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Pregnancy labels on alcohol to be mandatory, unless blocked by Australia

Mandatory labelling of alcohol outlining the dangers of drinking while pregnant have been pushed for since the 1990s. So, what’s been holding it back? Hundreds upon hundreds of babies are born each year in New Zealand with foetal alcohol syndrome, a devastating and incurable condition that can cause life-long problems.

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Marlborough wine industry gets funding to train 200 Kiwi job-seekers

Marlborough’s wine industry has received funding to train up 200 Kiwi job-seekers, out of work due to COVID-19, to make sure the vines are ready for next year’s harvest. The Ministry of Social Development funding is specific to Marlborough where the pandemic has resulted in a skills shortage for winter pruning.

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Rabobank: NZ wine exports take sharp hit

COVID-19 has created massive disruption in the US wine industry – New Zealand’s largest wine export market – resulting in lower total sales and significant revenue losses for some US wineries, according to a new report by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank.

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RSE scheme not only fills gaps in labour, but provides some rugby competition too

On the weekdays they’re providing vital labour for Marlborough’s wine industry and on the weekend, they’re on the rugby pitch. On Saturday, nine men from Tonga who are in Marlborough as seasonal workers geared up to take the field, playing for the Awatere Club against Central, in Marlborough’s division two rugby competition. Image: Stuff

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What a free trade deal between New Zealand and the United Kingdom might mean

The UK is NZ’s sixth-largest trading partner and modelling has shown a potential increase of up to 40 percent in NZ exports to the UK (or a $970 million increase to NZ’s GDP) if tariffs were removed. Exporters will be watching the negotiations closely to see whether MFAT can deliver on its key priorities.

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Research institute could boost economy by $8 million, report suggests

When researchers examined mechanical shaking of dead leaves and shoots in vineyards, they found it reduced the chance of fungi developing in grapes. The research, between 2011 and 2014, found botrytis in Sauvignon Blanc grapes reduced from 12.6 percent, to 2.2% after vines were shaken.

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2020 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year competition to go ahead

Image: Last year’s winner, Emily Gaspard-Clark from Spy Valley in Marlborough. Entries are now open for the 2020 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year Competition. Plans are well underway for the regional competitions to take place throughout September and the national final in November. The competition is open to all those under […]

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New Zealand wineries owner gave nearly $400,000 to Trump

New Zealanders may be surprised to know that the backer of many of their favourite wine brands is a Trump supporter, commentators say. A report by the San Francisco Chronicle said Foley had donated US$255,600 (NZ$393,939) to United States President Donald Trump between 2016 and 2020.

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Winemakers a ‘happy’ bunch as bumper harvest pulled in during lockdown

In March, Marlborough’s winemakers were staring down the barrel of their worst nightmare. No harvest. At the end of June, with their “essential” work in the bag, or tank, it’s safe to say they’re a “happy” bunch. The Marlborough grape harvest this year pulled in 343,036 tonnes, nearly 40,000 tonnes more than last year.

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Wine worker launches petition to ease visa conditions as concerns grow for next harvest

A petition has been launched calling for the Government to ease temporary work visa conditions for international winery workers impacted by COVID-19. The petition, started by Cait Guyette, is calling for the Government to allow grape harvest workers already in New Zealand to stay until vintage 2021.

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NZW announces “outstanding” vintage but smaller than expected crop

New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) has declared the 2020 vintage “outstanding” despite adverse COVID-19 conditions. An “excellent summer” throughout most of the country had contributed to an outstanding vintage across New Zealand’s wine regions,” said the organisation. “Although COVID-19 restrictions did have a huge impact on the way the harvest was run, they will not affect […]

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Agribusiness report: Alliance Group steps up marketing efforts

Cricket stars Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Stephen Fleming are helping to promote Alliance as shareholders of QualityNZ, which supplies New Zealand red meat, seafood and wine to India. Image: NZ Herald

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New Zealand’s wine industry welcomes UK FTA negotiations

The New Zealand wine sector has “warmly welcomed” news that the UK and New Zealand will start negotiations to establish a free trade agreement (FTA). Jeffrey Clarke, general manager of advocacy and general counsel at New Zealand Winegrowers, said the move could present a “great opportunity for both countries”.

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