Category: New Zealand

Improving NZ’s readiness for Pierce’s Disease

During July, Rural News Group reports New Zealand Winegrowers visited California in collaboration with Wine Australia, to learn more about the impact of Pierce’s Disease, which is caused by the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa. New Zealand’s growers investigated the latest research underway to mitigate the impact of this disease which is one of the wine […]

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Government on high alert for stink bugs

Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink bug establishing itself here,’’ O’Connor […]

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Sub surface irrigation

The arguments advocating against sub surface irrigation are often over played, with the benefits ignored, according to a vineyard advisory. Source: New Zealand Winegrower

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Where next for New Zealand as global demand increases for its wine?

It’s a nice problem to have. Too many people, countries, importers, restaurants, restaurants and sommeliers want to get more than the fair share of your wines. So how do you juggle who gets what in a situation where you are running out of land to make a lot more wine? Source: The Buyer

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Chardonnay crop takes a hit from Hawke’s Bay hailstorm

“It’s certainly not a catastrophe”, but this season’s Chardonnay crop will be down on volume (but not quality) after of last week’s brief but severe hail storm in the Bridge Pa region. Source: NZ Herald

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Put ‘Chemgro’ label on wines produced using pesticides, says Kiwi winemaker

Wine producers who use synthetic pesticides and fertilisers should have to tell consumers using the tag ‘chemgro’ on their bottles, suggests Nick Mills from New Zealand’s Rippon Vineyard.  “Why is it that it is organic that has to be certified; it should be the other way around”. Source: The Drinks Business

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A forum for the young leaders of New Zealand’s wine industry

At the recent 200 year celebrations in the Bay of Islands, NZ Winegrowers announced a new development to support and encourage young leaders in the industry: the NZ Winegrowers Young Leaders Forum, which will be held for the first time in November. Source: NZ Winegrowers

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The biggest risks facing Zealand’s wine industry

Outgoing global marketing director for New Zealand Winegrowers, Chris Yorke reflects on the biggest threats facing the industry. “Dependence on Sauvignon Blanc is risky because most of our eggs are in one basket. Economic uncertainty in the face of Brexit and trade sanctions is a serious issue”, he says. Source: The Real Review

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What have we learned over 200 years of New Zealand wine?

When renowned French champagne maker Daniel Le Brun moved to New Zealand in the 1970s, he decided Kiwi wine was “nothing short of garbage”. Fast-forward nearly 40 years and New Zealand wine has gained respect and prestige around the world, especially Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blanc. Source: NewsHub

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Global trade disruption is worrying New Zealand’s $1.83 billion wine industry

Wine is New Zealand’s sixth largest export, worth $1.83 billion, supporting 20,000 jobs. But there are dark clouds hovering over the industry; Kiwi wine is being caught up in trade wars between the US and China, the US and the EU, and the Brexit “breakup”. Source: Stuff

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A New Zealand Time Wine

The Alsatian term Edelzwicker is also referred to as a Time Wine, given the grapes within the blend are all picked on the same day. Philip Barber from Hawke’s Bay’s Petane Wines is about to release his first Edelzwicker, which he believes may be a first for this country. Source: NZ Wine

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New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes increase in seasonal workers

New Zealand Winegrowers has welcomed the increase in the number of seasonal workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme announced by Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway yesterday. An increase in 1,550 RSE workers for the 2019-20 season will help support the wine industry during vintage and pruning, when there was a huge demand for labour […]

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Future 50 finalist Stuart Dudley

Viticulturist for Villa Maria Wines in Marlborough, Stuart Dudley, is one of two New Zealanders to be shortlisted for the new international Future 50 awards, launched by WSET and IWSC to unearth the wine industry’s up and coming talent globally. Dudley says he was “surprised and humbled” to be one of 600 nominated, and then […]

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Aged Sauvignon Blanc

At Sauvignon 2019 Sam Harrop MW, when discussing how to premiumise New Zealand’s flagship variety, asked the question “why is Sauvignon Blanc seldom given the chance to age?” So why is it that Marlborough Sauvignon is seldom given the chance to age? Is it because it is better fresh, or is it because consumers expect […]

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Blue gums chopped near Marlborough vineyard for safety, not for impact on wine taste

In Marlborough, blue gum trees near a Whitehaven-owned vineyard have been chopped down, and the general manager says they were chopped down for the safety of the staff. However, neighbouring property owner Ursula Paul said she had been told by a Whitehaven staff member that the trees affected the taste of a nearby Pinot Gris block.

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Pernod Ricard Winemakers celebrated at the Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards

At the biennial Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards, Pernod Ricard Winemakers took out the wine industry’s top award. One of the awards’ judges, Matt Oliver commented Pernod “have come up with a corporate social responsibility ethos that goes from the top of the management in France, all the way down to the vine roots here in […]

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