Taking Pinot on the road

You hear the words ‘road trip’ and think Thelma and Louise, but a little more planning was required for the 600 people who took three trips around New Zealand’s six Pinot Noir regions earlier this year.

Master of ceremonies at the Classic Reds Symposium, Steve Smith MW.

For the 70 invited guests at the Classic Reds symposium held in Hawke’s Bay, it was a lesson not only in the wines on show, but an explanation of why these wines have been late to join the NZ wine party.

Jane Skilton MW.

Why is it that winemakers feel they have to give a chemical analysis on their back labels, a Master of Wine wonders.

 
Dan Berger, the man behind the IRF’s Taste Profile.

When MW Bob Campbell urged NZ Riesling producers to utilise a taste profile on their labels at the recent Aromatics symposium, there was one person in the room who broke into a wide smile.

 
Peter Radich.

A new phenomena is sweeping Marlborough’s wine industry. As bigger companies look to expand their supply, they are increasingly looking to lease land rather than buy outright.

A birds eye view of the Port of Nelson.

Port Nelson has been a key infrastructure asset for the top of the south for decades but its importance to Marlborough is becoming even more significant, following last year’s 7.8 earthquake.

Within New Zealand Winegrowers’ Vineyard Ecosystems Programme, scientists are determined to discover if ground cover plants can help to reduce the adverse economic influence of grapevine leafroll virus.

The vinous international spotlight will be on New Zealand’s capital this week with the Pinot Noir NZ 2017 celebration, described as the best Pinot Noir event on the planet.

New Zealand is under the spotlight as a world-class wine producer over the next two weeks.

It’s somewhat fitting that a historian should want to set up shop in Dunedin’s historic precinct.

The rise of internet sales, the demise of big buttery Chardonnays and deep discounting are among the biggest challenges facing specialist wine retailers today, according to three owner-operators in Auckland, Taupo and Wellington.

They may be a common sight in Europe, but having a Clydesdale horse spraying the vines is not something people expect to see here in New Zealand.

You will often hear winemakers waxing lyrical about the merits of being hands-off, letting the winemaking happen in the vineyard and having minimum intervention.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is a shield shaped insect native to Asia, which is rapidly expanding its distribution throughout the northern hemisphere.

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