Category: New Zealand

Opinion: Why NZ should join Australia in case against China

With the relationship between China and Australia souring in the past six months, New Zealand’s response will need to be nuanced and careful, but also principled. First and foremost, we must ensure the dispute between two of our main trading partners stays partitioned from our role within the Five Eyes security alliance. If they become […]

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Growing calls for all cellar doors to be able to charge for wine tastings

Currently, only some cellar doors are allowed to charge – a move that’s been labelled unfair. One cellar door unable to charge for tasting is Marlborough’s No. 1 Family Estate. The cellar door is unable to charge for wine tasting due to only having an off-licence, which is designed for the likes of bottle stores.

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Blog: Art and wine combine in flourishing former orchard

When I told you about Flaxmore Vineyards a couple of years ago they were a new label in the Nelson wine scene. In the intervening years owners Stuart and P have been busy establishing a cellar door facility and recently added an art gallery next to the tasting room.

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‘Influential’ US wine magazine has Marlborough sav flying off the shelves

An American wine magazine has listed a Marlborough wine among the best wines of 2020. Wine Spectator has released its ‘Top 100’ for the year, with the Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2020 taking out the number 23 spot.

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Emerging risk: Fall armyworm is on NZ doorstep

Image: NZ Winegrower. Spodoptera frugiperda, otherwise known as the highly invasive plant pest fall armyworm, arrived in northern Australia early this year and has spread rapidly around the country since. Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of north and central America, it has invaded more than 60 other countries, none of which have managed […]

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New Zealand offers to uncork truce between Australia and China

New Zealand is offering to step in to try and resolve the trade feud between Australia and China. The country’s new Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said she is willing to negotiate a truce between Australia and China amid a tense diplomatic relationship.

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Going natural to produce wines with a difference

Unkel Wines was recently established at the former Rimu Grove vineyard and winery in Bronte Road, Upper Moutere and they’re not just another wine label. Under the guidance of winemaker and co-owner Rob Burley, Unkel Wines produce a range of natural wines.

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Invivo strikes gold with Graham Norton partnership

A partnership between New Zealand wine company Invivo and British talkshow host Graham Norton has led to more than 10 million bottles of wine being sold around the world.

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New Zealand wine exports hit $2 billion

Image: New Zealand Winegrowers chair Clive Jones International demand for New Zealand wine has surged over the past decade, with total export value now reaching a record-breaking $2 billion, for the 12 months to October 2020, according to New Zealand Winegrowers. Ten years ago, New Zealand Winegrowers predicted that New Zealand wine exports would double […]

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New Zealand wine industry welcomes New Year seasonal worker border exception

Image: Misty Cove New Zealand Winegrowers warmly welcomes the Government’s announcement today that 2000 workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme will be granted access into New Zealand from January to help with harvest and pruning work during 2021 in wine and horticulture. “We are very pleased to hear the positive news today that […]

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Biodegradable vine clips win Outstanding Collaboration Award

A collaboration between EPL and Scion has blossomed. The two companies have designed a vine clip made from biodegradable thermoplastic. Once the clips hit the ground, they breakdown into carbon dioxide by the time a new wine producing season comes around, combating the issue of microplastic pollution in viticulture.

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Understanding the market for regenerative agriculture

The Bragato Research Institute has joined a research initiative studying the global market potential of regenerative agriculture. The project was launched earlier this year by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) and recently broadened its outlook to the wine sector.

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New Zealand winery donates $30K to LegaSea

Image: Samantha White raises a glass to celebrate a $30,000 donation to LegaSea Last month, Whitehaven Wine Company relaunched its Kōparepare wine brand with a commitment to donate 100 percent of the sales revenue to LegaSea from the first 125 cases sold. The winery has exceeded its target of $25,000 raised, and has donated $30,412 […]

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Ripe announces Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas to join festival line-up

One of New Zealand’s biggest names in the wine industry, master sommelier Cameron Douglas, will appear as a special guest at Wānaka’s newest wine and food festival. Ripe: The Wānaka Wine and Food Festival has secured Douglas, an experienced wine writer, commentator, judge and reviewer, to host a presentation at the inaugural festival, which takes […]

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Villa Maria sells off vineyards to drive growth plans

New Zealand winery Villa Maria has said it is selling off 31 hectares of “surplus land” in order to raise funds to “accelerate its global growth ambitions”. The vineyard land in Mangere around the estate’s Auckland headquarters is being sold off to raise capital that the company wants to reinvest in its wineries and sustainable […]

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Gold medal win shows Gisborne ‘good at more than one variety’

Matawhero Wines has been awarded a Gold Medal in the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition for their 2020 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. Only six Gold Medals for Sauvignon Blanc were awarded across the show.

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