Category: New Zealand

Appellation Marlborough Wine comes of age

Established in 2018, Appellation Marlborough Wine™ has now been legally trademarked in all of the key global wine markets. It now boasts 49 members and over 90 certified wines from some of the region’s most iconic wine companies and is now trademarked in all key global wine markets. With almost 300,000 acres of Sauvignon Blanc […]

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Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc dominates Cuisine

New Zealand’s wine and food lover’s magazine Cuisine has filled its New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc reviews with wines from Saint Clair Family Estate in Marlborough. Issue number 198 contains an in-depth review of some of New Zealand’s finest Sauvignon Blanc wines. With a total of 179 Sauvignon Blanc entries the Cuisine judging panel awarded six […]

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Air NZ Koru Lounge liquor licence expires

Passengers hoping for a glass of bubbles while waiting for their flights at Air New Zealand’s Koru Lounge at Auckland Airport’s domestic terminal will be out of luck after the facility’s liqour licence expired.

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Villa Maria’s Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay tops NZ-Australasian awards

The New Zealand winery has achieved a quadrella and put Hawke’s Bay at the top of the charts for its Chardonnays. Villa Maria’s Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 took the top spot as well as being named the Wine of The Year at the recent Australasian Winestate Awards.

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Health-conscious millennials driving growth of organic ‘bio wines’

Health-conscious millennials are behind the rapid growth in organic, sustainable and vegan suitable wines, and more needs to be done to foster this market as demand for traditional NZ wine plateaus, according to industry experts. Data from liquor retail chain, The Trusts West Auckland, shows a 45 per cent sales lift in naturally produced or […]

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Blind River wins gold at international wine challenge

After significant success in the UK over the last 18 months, including a ‘Master’ from the Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters, the latest vintage of Blind River’s Tekau shows continued form with a gold medal at the 2019 International Wine Challenge. A single vineyard wine from the company’s Awatere Valley vineyard, Tekau is a limited release […]

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Seasonal workers’ important NZ role

The New Zealand Government recently announced increases in the cap for visas under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. After the second increase, the scheme will allow up to 16,000 workers to come in the 2020/21 season.

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Global wine experts rank NZ wines among the best

Global wine experts rank NZ wines amongst the best in the world. New Zealand ranked third in the world for its wine, according to the latest results of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorous wine competition. Kiwi wines scooped up 14 Gold medals and 287 medals overall in the first round of the […]

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Organic wine duo: lead the way again

The Darling Wines has been awarded the “Riedel Winery of the Year Trophy” at the recent 2019 New Zealand Organic Wine Awards. In its 6th year, the New Zealand Organic Wine Awards allows entries from New Zealand wineries that produce certified organic wines. Luke Thomas, founder of the awards states, “The Darling Wines were the […]

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Glass damage on Villa Maria wine batch leads to recall

Villa Maria Estate is recalling a 2018 batch of sparkling rosé after numerous instances of glass damage on the lip of the bottles. The damage has been discovered under the screw cap on some bottles of the 750mL Villa Maria New Zealand Lightly Sparkling 2018 rosé product.

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New Zealand Wines’ challenges and opportunities

Although New Zealand still is a very young wine country, with roughly only 30-40 years’ experience producing wine, the challenges and the difficulties New Zealand has, is that the country is known for one grape and one region: Sauvignon Blanc and Marlborough.

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Demand for low-alcohol wine doubles in a year

Low-alcohol wines have become a hit with consumers. Kiwi winemakers are selling twice as much low-alcohol wine in Australia than a year ago and demand at home is expected to triple in the next five years.

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Southern Boundary Wines: deceit and dishonesty in the NZ wine industry

Scott Berry has pleaded guilty to 23 Wine Act charges involving deception. Andrew Moore has pleaded guilty to four deception charges and Rebecca Cope, one. Berry has also pleaded guilty to five charges of selling non-compliant wine (Moore 4, Cope,1) and has admitted seven charges of exporting non-compliant wine Moore, 7, Cope,1.

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World first industrial hemp study in vineyards taking place in Marlborough

Industrial hemp plants are part of what is believed to be a world-first trial to investigate if the plant can provide positive input to a vineyard. The trial, taking place in Marlborough, New Zealand, is the brainchild of Kirsty Harkness, managing director and co-owner of Marlborough’s Mount Base Vineyards. Harkness is almost one year into […]

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Saint Clair Family Estates’ Gimblett Gravels vineyard purchase

Saint Clair Family Estate has increased its vineyard portfolio with the purchase of an additional vineyard from Mills Reef, within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district of Hawke’s Bay. The majority of Saint Clair’s vineyards are located within the Marlborough region in the Southern Valleys, Awatere Valley, Lower Wairau, Rapaura, Omaka Valley, Doctors Creek and Waihopai […]

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World first industrial hemp study in vineyards taking place in Marlborough

By Eleanor Danenberg Industrial hemp plants are part of what is believed to be a world-first trial to investigate if the plant can provide positive input to a vineyard. The trial, taking place in Marlborough, New Zealand, is the brainchild of Kirsty Harkness, managing director and co-owner of Marlborough’s Mount Base Vineyards. Harkness is almost […]

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