“It’s a strange cultural experience when you can’t get a glass of wine with your meal.”

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. 

This corkscrew was patented in New Zealand back in 1945. Not the sturdiest or the most practical.

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.

Meadow spittlebug: The meadow spittlebug has a wide distribution in and around our grape growing districts.

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

 
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It may be common in other parts of the world, but here in New Zealand, blending more than a couple of varieties and regions to create a wine is anything but.

 
Dr Edwin Massey.

Biosecurity risk is never static. With fluctuations due to climate change, trade and passenger dynamics and volume, and the spread of global pests and disease, a lot can change - even over a 12-month period. 

From the top down

What could be better than finding a profession that matches your personal passion. Adam Goble is one of the lucky ones, who has achieved just that.

Running through vineyards is one of the highlights of the Saint Clair annual half marathon.

First, there was the Forrest GrapeRide, then there was the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon and the Martinborough Round the Vines Run (every March). Now there is the Pegasus Bay Vine Run, launched in late January this year. 

Some of the committee members present at the launch of Sauvignon 2019, held at Brancott Estate Cellar Door and Restaurant. From left: Paul O’Donnell, Marcus Pickens, Clive Jones, Liz Barcas, Michelle Burns, Angela Willis, Patrick Materman and Roscoe Johanson.

It was highly appropriate that the launch of Sauvignon Blanc 2019 occurred on the one day of the year set aside to celebrate this variety of wine.

Once upon a time, winemakers prepared their daughters for sales and hospitality roles while they groomed their sons to take over from them in the vineyard. Now, women are more prominent than ever in winemaking.

A recent New Zealand trade mark case highlights to winemakers the importance of making sufficient ongoing use of a registered trade mark, even when it is for one of your secondary wine labels.

Pinot Noir is second only to Sauvignon Blanc in terms of New Zealand wine production. Nonetheless, the variety remains a “minx of a vine” to grow and manage.

As an employee, attending a contract negotiation can be as nerve wracking as waiting on a report card.

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