Two of the five students taking part in the inaugural year of the New Zealand School of Winegrowing, Kris Godsall and Katie Bruce.

Watch out viticulturists and winemakers of New Zealand. There is a new wave of enthusiastic workers on their way to take their place in the industry.

Cape Crest Barrel Hall.

The very first wine that Ivan Donaldson ever made for commercial sale was a big barrel fermented white that bucked the buttery trend at the time and, 28 years later, still is. 

 
Marius Berlemann, Global Head Wine & Spirits, Director ProWein.

ProWein is the most important trade fair for wines and spirits worldwide. For a quarter of a century now it has been organised every March in the German metropolis of Düsseldorf bringing the global sector together. 

Ben Glover (left) and Rhyan Wardman – owners of The Coterie.

Back in 1996, Rhyan Wardman arrived back in New Zealand to a job overseeing the building of Seresin Estate’s new winery. Twenty-two years later, he now owns that winery with good friend and fellow winemaker Ben Glover.

 
NZ wine a star in the UK

“Volume fell but value rose overall, influenced in part by rising prices and taxes but also by a discernible shift among consumers towards choosing quality over quantity.”

Gin – wine’s ruin?

You would have had to be hiding under a rock for the past 12 months not to have heard about the exponential rise of gin, as an alcoholic beverage of choice.

Melissa Stunden (left) and Andrea Backstrom.

New Zealand Winegrowers has a new marketing team in Canada, with Andrea Backstrom and Melissa Stunden taking over from Robert Ketchin and Anik Gaumond of Ketchin Sales & Marketing.

Sarah Booker.

Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ) has begun an all-out push into European markets, on behalf of its 180 members.

It could be argued that the quality of New Zealand Chardonnay has never been better, even if consumers are confused, says Gisborne winemaker Steve Voysey.

Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most popular white wine so why are consumers more confused than ever before about how to find the style they want to drink?

After a decade of success, Dr Simon Hooker has moved on from NZW.

When Dr Simon Hooker arrived at New Zealand Winegrowers back in 2007, he had two clear goals: to increase the amount of wine-related research undertaken and to ensure that the information from that research was passed on to industry members.

The National Committee, from left; Patricia Miranda-Taylor, Pragati Thorat, Nicky Grandorge, Kerry Stainton-Herbert, Sarah Szegota, Trudy Shield, Brittney Duval and Katherine Jacobs (Chair).

Northland to Central Otago and all wine regions in between are well on the way to establishing regional Women in Wine committees. And the first National Committee meeting has taken place, held in Auckland in February.

After years of being New Zealand’s most iconic wine variety, Sauvignon Blanc was celebrated in true style for the first time in 2016.

What makes a high quality Pinot Noir? What chemistry drives it? How can we replicate this at a commercially viable cost?

There may be no building yet, but the New Zealand Winegrower’s Research Centre (NZWRC) already has its first contract.

Surpassing several major wine producing countries, New Zealand has again been ranked the third biggest wine importer (dollar value) to the USA.

When environmental conditions aren't up to scratch, a host of techniques and technologies are available to aid wine producers in meeting the challenges of preserving and enhancing quality.

It isn’t very often someone makes a totally different wine style in New Zealand.

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