Chief of judges this year is Jack Glover.

New Zealand’s largest region will celebrate its unique wines this month at the 8th Marlborough Wine Show.

When NZ wine comes to Austin, Texas

What do you do when you want to introduce some influential American wine professionals to New Zealand wine, but can’t physically get them to the island country? You bring the country to them. 

Brown marmorated stink bug.

It is no surprise that biosecurity is one of the greatest concerns facing the New Zealand wine industry at the moment. 

 
Californian wine brand Barefoot Wines is one of a number who are taking advantage of the desire for single serve packaging. This is an opportunity for New Zealand producers to get into Hayden Higgins says.

Rabobank’s new horticulture and wine analyst believes there are a  number of opportunities ahead for the New Zealand wine industry.

 
From vintage to viruses

Now into its 10th year, the New Zealand Winegrower Grape Days have become a benchmark in information transfer.

More than 80 percent of grapes are hand-picked in Central Otago – that requires a large workforce.

An upsurge in horticultural plantings has raised flags in Central Otago about impending shortages in availability of seasonal workers and beds to accommodate them, especially at harvest time. 

With approximately 60 million vines in Marlborough, concerns are rising that there isn’t the workforce available to prune them.

Back in 2016 a Labour Market Survey was undertaken in Marlborough to determine just where the region’s wine industry was going in terms of growth. The result – another 7000 hectares, by 2020.

 Winners are grinners – the Isabel Estate Vineyard team of Marlborough. The company’s 2016 Marlborough Chardonnay was the ANZWA Champion Wine of the Show last year.

The New Zealand wine industry will be celebrating success in a revamped way from this year on, after suggestions from PwC who have conducted a strategic review.

The Wine Station.

The historic Blenheim Railway station, has been given a new lease of life, thanks to four entrepreneurs and dozens of Marlborough wines.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

“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.”

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.

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.

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

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?

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