Lincoln University PhD. student, Ghouse Peera is working on grapevine phenology.

From tasting the world’s hottest chilis to analysing grapevine phenology, Ghouse Peera has long been fascinated with plants.

Romeo Bragato (left) with Assistant Winemaker James Andrews at Te Kauwhata in 1902.

Romeo Bragato continues to make his mark on New Zealand’s wine industry, 125 years after he first offered advice on the prospects for viticulture. The Bragato Trust granted a total of $23,000 to seven wine and viticulture students last year, with 45 grants worth $240,000 since the trust was established…

EIT will launch its fees-free Certificate in Cellar Operations in January 2021.

Covid-19 is creating “amazing opportunities” for wine and viticulture students, says the head of Hawke’s Bay’s viticulture and wine science school. Sue Blackmore, from Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), says closed borders will make wine students far more valuable to companies during vintage, and vintage experience more valuable for students.…

 
Winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst.

Covid-19 has given Constellation Brands New Zealand a boost in the US market, as consumers fall back to strong brands they trust, says Managing Director Simon Towns.

 
Explore Marlborough. Photo by Jessica Jones.

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

Photo: Villa Maria.

Wine companies, large and small, are grappling with the potential shortage of a reliable labour force for vintage 2021, with borders closed to international workers.

Photo: Misha’s Vineyard.

Losing boutique wineries to Covid-19 would be a blow for New Zealand’s wine industry, say the authors of a new report into challenges for small operators.

Logie MacKenzie.

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

Hundreds of Pacific Islanders stranded in Central Otago during the Covid-19 lockdown may be facing a long wait until they can safely return home.

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

No alcohol wine is a “niche within a niche” but a growing opportunity for New Zealand wine companies, says New Zealand Lighter Wines manager Dr David Jordan.

A new research winery in the heart of New Zealand’s vine country will be a “drawcard” for international researchers, says MJ Loza.

A blind tasting of 48 2018 Syrahs from around New Zealand showed the country’s best can compare with their Rhône counterparts, says Maxime Cavey of Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers.

A new research project will help inform vineyard recovery strategies following hail, after three separate events hit New Zealand vineyards last spring.

Cellar door staff can learn a lot from a little undercover shopping, says Brent Pilcher, Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ National Brand Homes Manager.

The small, intense berries of Marlborough’s 2019 Pinot Noir vintage were a blessing for some and a blow for others.

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