Monday, 03 October 2022 15:25

Editorial - Built on the endeavours of its history makers

Written by  Sophie Preece

New Zealand's wine industry has been built on the endeavours of its history makers, men and women who've invested decades of time, knowledge and passion into our vines, wines, research and markets.

This year six of those industry stalwarts have been recognised as New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) Fellows, in an accolade that celebrates the service and dedication of industry icons.

This edition profiles Jim and Rose Delegat, the siblings who've driven a 75-year-old family business to international success, and have been named Fellows for services to exporting and industry organisations. Wine writer, advisor and educator Joelle Thomson talks to Clive Patton and Phyll Pattie about their passion for Pinot Noir and obsession for tree planting, while Lorraine Carryer talks to Dominic Pecchenino, whose drive to grow the science behind our vines has changed the face of New Zealand's wine and grape industry research. And, finally, this edition profiles Hawke's Bay grower Chris Howell, who has been named a Fellow for his tireless servies to industry organisations and education.

"The Roll of Fellows honours the modern pioneers of the New Zealand wine industry," says NZW Chair Clive Jones. "We wholeheartedly thank Dominic, Jim, Rose, Clive, Phyll and Chris for their years of service, and their role in shaping the New Zealand wine industry to be what it is today."

This edition of Winegrower Magazine also delves into the outcomes of the seven-year Vineyard Ecosystems Programme, as well as the rich reservoir of data that remains untapped, available for future research. "With such a massive and rich data set we are going to be pulling interesting things out of this for years," says Dr Sarah Knight.

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