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Wine tour woes

Bookings for premium wine tours “vanished” when New Zealand’s borders closed, say operators struggling under Covid-19.

Vintage update

Wine companies, large and small, are grappling with the potential shortage of a reliable labour force for vintage 2021, with…

Digital juice

Covid-19, e-commerce and the risk of digital debt.

National

 

Short cuts

Labour constraints have put pressure on pruning this season, with experienced crews of Recognised Seasonal Employer workers shut out by…

Hundreds of workers stranded

Hundreds of Pacific Islanders stranded in Central Otago during the Covid-19 lockdown may be facing a long wait until they…

Regional

Native cover

Native plantings trialled under Villa Maria vines have yielded good results, despite dry conditions and destructive rabbits.
 

Green Leaders

Hawke’s Bay celebrated its inaugural biodiversity field day in early February, with grower Xan Harding leading a posse of viticulturist…

Soil compaction a worrying trend

A 19-year soil monitoring programme in Marlborough is showing viticultural use is leading to more compact soils, increased nutrient loss…

Opinion

 

Profiles

Misha’s Vineyard

As the wine world pivots through Covid-19, Misha Wilkinson prefers to pirouette.
 

Carbon crunching

Becoming Neudorf’s General Manager two weeks before the Covid-19 lockdown seems like “a pretty good hospital pass”, says Todd Stevens,…

Industry

Open doors

As wineries enter the spring season, many opening cellar doors after a period of Covid-19 closure, the mood appears one…

Machinery & Products

Mechanisation new for the US

The impetus behind developing the Klima stripper back in 2007 was a continual lack of labour during the pruning season.
 

Collaboration increases capability

Initially designed to assist fertiliser spreading trucks operating on steep New Zealand hill country, TracMap’s GPS guidance and job management…

Tractor for tight spaces

Italian specialist tractor manufacturer SAME, part of the SDF Group, used the recent EIMA 18 Expo in Bologna, to roll…

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Editorial

Perfect pivots — Editorial

Perfect pivots — Editorial

Misha Wilkinson’s description of “pirouetting” through Covid-19 seems apt, given the industry’s need to stay on its toes throughout this…

Save our soils — Editorial

Save our soils — Editorial

There’s been something of a makeover in New Zealand vineyards in recent years, as the clean-cut look of sprayed rows…

 

Popular Reads

Sensory science

“Aged wine” may have an alternative meaning in future, as researchers learn more about how individuals process and perceive aromas…

The light stuff

No alcohol wine is a “niche within a niche” but a growing opportunity for New Zealand wine companies, says New…

Women In Wine: Jules Taylor

Jules Taylor is still smitten with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, more than 25 years after she smelled her first ferment.