Category: New Zealand

Wine industry’s ‘privileged position’ concerns wider wine capital community

The production and processing of food and beverages is considered an “essential service” by the NZ Government. This means wine production can continue during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. But the decision has divided Marlborough, New Zealand’s wine capital.

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Whitecliff Wines of New Zealand Launches in US

Whitecliff Wines, owned by one of the top, family-owned wine companies in New Zealand, is making its US debut this spring with the introduction of Whitecliff Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in select markets around the country.

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Coronavirus: Go ahead for grape harvest as wine industry cleared to operate in lockdown

The wine industry has been cleared to operate as an essential service as New Zealand moves into coronavirus lockdown, allowing Marlborough’s grape harvest to continue. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced yesterday New Zealand would move to alert level four at 11.59pm on Wednesday.

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NZ will move into lockdown during wine industry’s ‘most crucial’ time

As New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, takes New Zealand into Alert Level 3, the wine industry may be halted at its “most crucial” time of the year. Ardern has announced all non-essential businesses must close within the next 48 hours, as well as schools. After that, it will increase to Alert Level 4, due […]

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Marlborough winery aiming to be herbicide-free by 2025

The technical director of a major Marlborough winery says the tide is turning on the use of herbicides in European viticulture and agriculture. Jim White of Cloudy Bay Wines said the movement was not as strident here in New Zealand, but it was coming, and they wanted to be ahead of the game.

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Hawke’s Bay premium wine event planning continues

Organisers of a New Zealand wine auction are in full flight working on this year’s event, which celebrates and recognises 29 years of wineries producing exceptional and sought-after auction lots. This year’s event will be held on Saturday 19th September. All going to plan, it will be back in the heart of Hastings at the […]

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Central Otago’s Te Kano makes bold architectural statement

Described by its owner as a “hidden treasure” nestled amongst the rugged Bannockburn landscape, the doors of Te Kano’s cellar door are now open; a place where guests can enjoy the company’s estate wines while experiencing the building’s dramatic architecture and distinctive Central Otago setting. Te Kano owner Rhonda Lloyd engaged local architects Mason & […]

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Urlar takes out double-gold and trophy

Gladstone’s Urlar vineyard and winery has much to celebrate this harvest season after taking home two golds at the New Zealand Easter Show Wine Awards held recently. The certified organic producers won gold for their Urlar Pinot Noir 2018 and gold for the Urlar Late Harvest Riesling 2019, which also went on to take out […]

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NZ wine company fined $1.7m for wine fraud

After a long-running court case, Southern Boundary Wines has been fined NZ$1.7 million and three former employees convicted of fraud after thousands of bottles of wine were sold with misleading labels. Southern Boundary Wines, which is now in liquidation, and three former members of staff were initially charged with fraud in 2017, following a long-running […]

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Marlborough couple sells wine from lounge using remote off licence

A couch and a bottle of New Zealand wine are the perfect match for relaxation for many. But it’s the daily grind for Marlborough-based winemakers and partners Sarah Adamson and Greg Lane, who sell their reds and whites from their lounge room in southern Blenheim, using a remote off-licence.

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Good vintage expectations for Central Otago wine after cooler summer

The 2020 Central Otago wine vintage is shaping up to be one to toast despite a cooler summer. The weather is to blame for later-than-usual harvesting of sparkling wine grape varieties, beginning only days ago and the harvest of Pinot Noir varieties is up to two weeks away.

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NZ wine awards all round

Marlborough wine producer, Lawson’s Dry Hills has received another award for the packaging design of its new rosé, PINK Pinot. Winning the Guala Closures Award for the Best Presented Bottle at the 2020 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, follows the silver medal awarded at the UK’s Harper’s Design Awards 2019 in October. The label was […]

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Finalists announced for Northland’s Balance Farm Environment Awards

Finalists have been chosen for this year’s Balance Farm Environment Awards. The supreme regional winner will be announced at an awards function at Waitangi on Thursday March 26. Run by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust, the awards celebrate good farming practices that promote sustainable land management.

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Coronavirus: Harvest will happen, says Wine Marlborough boss

Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens said large scale travel restrictions, if they played out, would have a “major effect” on the region’s wine industry but confirmed that even in the event of large staff shortages, harvest would go ahead. Source: Stuff

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New GM for NZ’s Neudorf Vineyards

Nelson-based New Zealand winery Neudorf Vineyards has promoted its winemaker Todd Stevens to the role of general manager. Source: Harpers

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NZ targets indie retailers with Pinot promotion

New Zealand Winegrowers is to run a promotion for the UK and Ireland’s independent retailers offering three winners the chance to win a trip to Pinot Noir 2021. There is no entry fee for the competition, which runs through April and May. Instead, retailers are challenged to create a promotion that highlights the diversity of […]

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