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Higher waste costs might be the incentive Marlborough’s wine industry needs

Businesses feeding trade waste into Marlborough’s sewerage system could cop a “hefty” fee increase this year. A Marlborough District Council report last month estimated some trade waste bills could jump by 20 percent under a new fee review. But a council spokesman said this week the figures were a “starting point” and were expected to […]

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Wineries unable to profit from tasting tourism call for law change

Wineries that can’t charge for tastings are struggling to profit from tourism, says an industry body calling for law changes. While cellar doors and tasting rooms with on-licences can charge for wine samples, those with an off-licence, by law, must let customers swill for free.

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Excitement mounts in the build up to NZ Young Vit 15 Year Celebrations and 2020 National Final

Since 2006 the NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year initiative has helped support passionate, young viticulturists grow, reach their goals and move into leadership roles within the wine industry. Over the last fifteen years, the competition has continued to grow and a really strong viti community has emerged consisting of previous contestants, viticulturists and sponsors […]

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Direct customer connection key for growth

Waipara-based winemaker Jess Mavromatis of Ekleipsis Wine is focusing on direct customer sales to help expand her natural wine brand. Mavromatis exports her boutique wines to Japan and Australia and Ekleipsis Wine is also available from independent wine retailers and restaurants throughout New Zealand. To adapt to a changing world, she is investigating options for […]

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Former winery owner denied appeal bid and must pay $3.3million to US investors

Former Nelson winery owner Glenn Schaeffer​​ who misled investors and was ordered to pay two Las Vegas casino executives $3.3 million has failed to have an appeal heard in the Supreme Court. Schaeffer, a former casino developer, was sued by former friends and entertainment executives James Murren ​and Daniel Lee​​, who invested in his Mahana […]

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Cancelling 2021 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival a ‘pity’ for community

Various members of the community say cancelling the Wine and Food Festival is “disappointing” but understandable in order to keep the community safe. Last week, organisers of the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival made the decision to cancel the 2021 event, saying it was too close to harvest, and with half the wine industry at […]

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Kiwi winery using green tea as natural wine preservative

Kiwi winery world-first to use green tea as natural wine preservative Loveblock TEE Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 contains no added sulphur and is certified organic. Instead of sulphur – the traditional preservative used in wine – green tea is used as a natural antioxidant to preserve Loveblock’s 2019 TEE Sauvignon Blanc.

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PCF says seasonal workers from the Pacific must be given urgent entry to New Zealand

Pacific Cooperation Foundation chair John Fiso is urging decision makers not to overlook the opportunity to solve the horticultural industry’s looming worker shortage with a very real solution which will also benefit our Pacific neighbours. “By quickly putting in the right protocols we can utilise workers from the Pacific islands to plug labour shortages. At […]

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Marlborough Young Winemaker of the Year announced

Congratulations to Peter Russell from Matua who came first in the 2020 Tonnellerie de Mercurey Marlborough Young Winemaker competition held in Blenheim on September 16. Russell will go onto to represent Marlborough in the national final of the competition on November 6. Russell has competed in the competition the last couple of years, continuing to […]

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Wairarapa is New Zealand’s only growth tourism destination

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment data released last week makes for sober reading for every region except the area known as “Wellington’s playground”. Not traditionally a destination for the international travelling crowd, Wairarapa’s wine, great outdoors and events are hoovering up domestic tourists.

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A NZ$9.5bn problem

The horticulture industry in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand has called for innovative thinking as the region and the rest of the country looks for solutions to current labour shortages. In a joint statement released by regional authorities, Hastings District Council and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council said the area’s horticulture and viticulture sectors needed approximately 10,000 […]

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Nelson Sauvignon Blanc picks up a best-in-NZ in Germany

An international award for Seifried Estate is all the sweeter after a tough year. The Nelson winemakers were awarded a gold medal and “Best in Show, New Zealand” for their Sauvignon Blanc 2020 at the Mundus Vini Summer tasting awards in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany.

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Immigration minister hints at further visa extensions to get next year’s grapes in

The Immigration Minister has hinted that visas for overseas workers could be extended for a third time, which could push their expiry dates out past next year’s harvest. Meanwhile, during the wine industry’s downtime, overseas vineyard workers in Marlborough who made sure this year’s vintage went ahead remain out of work, relying on handouts from […]

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Delving into waste yields sweet results

A bout of “dumpster diving” was one of the first priorities for a Marlborough Winery Waste group established in June 2018, says Bridget Ennals. The Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) Sustainability Guardians Programme Co-ordinator says assessing waste streams helped the group’s members pinpoint key opportunities to improve purchasing, recycling and reusing, to reduce reliance on […]

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Hawke’s Bays premium wine event new date announced

Image: Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction Organisers of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious wine auction have announced the 29th annual Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction has been rescheduled. General manager Elisha Milmine said “2020 has been an extremely challenging year around the globe”. “As we continue to grapple with COVID-19, and the New Zealand alert level […]

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Research winery to explore benefits of regenerative practices

A research project run by a Marlborough institute will see if wineries and wine drinkers are interested in practices that restore vineyard soils.

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