Forget the buts

With 1300 ha, Chile’s Emiliana Vineyard is the world’s largest organic and biodynamic wine producer. Tessa Nicholson discovers that going organic on a large scale means you have to get past all the reasons not to.

The natural growth of organics

This is the third Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference Tessa Nicholson has attended. And given the success, it is unlikely to be her last.

Pinot 2021

Twenty years on from the very first New Zealand Pinot Noir Celebration the event that has been labelled as the Best Pinot Party in the World, is set to celebrate a milestone.

 
Adult harlequin ladybird. Photo: Vaughn Bell and Tara Taylor, Plant & Food Research.

Native to Asia, the harlequin ladybird first arrived in Auckland, in 2016. Upon receiving notification of its arrival, MPI undertook an investigation and found it already too widespread for an eradication attempt to have any reasonable chance of success.

 
Marlborough may reach near land capacity by around 2025; supply limits may be reached by around 2028, PwC says.

In part three of a series breaking down the six questions answered by the PwC Strategic Review, Tessa Nicholson looks at the question of Supply.

Picking grapes at Villa Maria's Ihumatao Vineyard.

After a couple of years when large tracts of New Zealand have been hit by tropical cyclones prior to harvest, 2019 provided a Panadol for grape growers and winemakers throughout the country.

Villa Maria Founder and President, Sir George Fistonich.

For the first time ever a New Zealand wine brand has been included in the top three Most Admired Wine Brands in the World, taking out the third spot.

The beautiful Falcon Ridge, developed at a cost of $12m, has removed all its vines – with owner Alan Eggers deciding winemaking wasn’t for him.

There have been a few changes in the normally very stable Nelson wine industry in recent months, most notably the sale of the beleaguered former Mahana winery and restaurant facility along with the sale of vineyard land.

Sustainability and New Zealand Wine

In part two of a series breaking down the six questions answered by the PwC Strategic Review, Tessa Nicholson looks at the question of Sustainability and its place within the New Zealand wine industry.

Some of the best quotes to emerge from Sauvignon 2019.

Is the hype around China as a growing wine market a real thing – or is it a fantasy based on the fact the country has 1.4 billion people?

Lee Suckling travelled to the Middle East and learned the hard way that wine drinking isn’t impossible, but it’s not cheap or easy either. 

As New Zealand wineries were preparing for the first National Cellar Door Day, one Marlborough company was adding 700 corkscrews to its refurbished public space.

Understanding Xylella fastidiosa (Xf), the bacterial cause of Pierce’s Disease.

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