Intern Ben Holt, digging out the tanks in Burgundy.

When Pinot Noir was first planted in Central Otago, there’s a very good chance that no-one was giving much thought about garnering the attention of Burgundy.

 
Waitaki challenges and success

Is Waitaki Valley the most challenging or the most promising New Zealand wine region and who is making money from this area? Joelle Thomson investigates.

Grant Taylor, who says; “When the Waitaki fruit comes into the winery, you have to wipe your brain and pretend that the harvest is starting again, it bares barely any resemblance to any factors that we have employed to process the Central grapes.”

When Grant Taylor casually agreed to discuss his wine endeavours, it came with the proviso... I needed to take a drive with him and conduct the interview as we travelled. 

 
Katrina Jones.

A Marlborough wine company is taking important steps to satisfy international scrutiny around labour practices in New Zealand’s wine industry.

Pinot blenders; from left -  Janet and Ross Anderson, Josh Scott, Hamish Drury and Tui Flemming.

As far as marketing ventures go, Scott Base’s Pinot project is a real winner. Well certainly if you’re lucky enough to be seated under the Central Otago sun blending Pinot Noir with winemaker Josh Scott. 

Stop the Drift

Central Otago winegrowers have a new weapon in their campaign to stop the drift of dangerous agri chemicals – a map initiative.

Italian love affair

They met on Wellington’s Lambton Quay, fell in love in Rome and planted Sangiovese in Central Hawke’s Bay...

New Zealand Chardonnay has failed to make much of a dent on the export market. A group of Gisborne winemakers want to help change that.

For the second time this year, a panel of winemakers and industry personnel in Marlborough spent time considering what constitutes the perfect Sauvignon Blanc glass.

Kumeu River Wines has broken new ground for sparkling wine by bottling New Zealand’s first bubbly to be called Crémant, which was released in October this year.

It is 26 years since Jackson Estate launched their first Marlborough wine onto the market, and despite continued success the company has never had its own winery or cellar door.

Displaying the motto 'to struggle through adversity makes success so much sweeter' on their website, Kalex wines sense a distinct parallel between owner Alex Kaufman's will to survive, and the challenging task of farming grapes in Central Otago.

As the countdown to Pinot Noir 2017 continues, NZWinegrower will be looking at the regions taking part in the celebration.

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