Spray days

Grape growers around New Zealand will be able to dip into fresh research, best practice and industry feedback at the Spray Days events being held around the country in August and early September.

André Lategan

A Central Otago vineyard is using strategic placement of subsurface irrigation to water vines while growing midrow clover crops.

Ashleigh Barrowman at Everyday Wine. Photo: Adrian Vercoe.

When Dan Gillett started selling natural wines from Scotch Wine Bar in Blenheim seven years ago, he had a funky selection and Millennial market.

Stephen Wong MW

"The most excellent wine is one which has given pleasure by its own natural qualities, nothing must be mixed with it which might obscure its natural taste,” proposed Roman agricultural writer, Columella.

Dom Maxwell with the concrete fermenter Greystone has been using for the past three years. Photo by Richard Brimer.

In the wake of harvest, with tanks and barrels full of ferments, Dom Maxwell might be found on an almost empty hillside.

Chinese trade professionals enjoy New Zealand wine.

Natalie Potts is leaving New Zealand Winegrowers after eight years working across Asian markets. In this Winegrower Magazine Q&A, she gives some insights into how these markets have changed, and what's in store for New Zealand wine in China.

Heli winery tour

A helicopter company has launched a winery tour to Waipara Valley, taking off from Christchurch and taking in five wineries.

In its fourth year, Organic Wine Week is happening during the Spring Equinox, from 20 to 26 September 2021.

Tohu Wines has won a Best in Show award at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2021, for its Whenua Matua Chardonnay 2018, a single-vineyard wine grown in the clay soils of Tasman's Upper Moutere region.

"We want to celebrate the most exciting and courageous small producers, and Covid has amplified that mission for us," says sommelier Pete Connell.

One of New Zealand's first Auckland-based wine commentators, Michael Brett, was inducted to the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards this year.

After many months of video calls on small laptop screens, Graham Norton and Invivo Co-founders, Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron used Eden Park Stadium's big screen to blend their new vintage of wine together.

The 2021 Women in Wine New Zealand Mentoring Programme kicked off at the end of June with 11 wine-industry stalwarts mentoring 11 up-and-coming women working in the New Zealand wine industry.

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