Eva Pemper of Eva Pemper Wines. Photo Jim Tannock

With the effects of Covid-19 still impacting many New Zealand industries, it's imperative the wine sector taps into home-grown business knowledge and support.

 
 
Matt Lancaster

Growing up on a Pukekohe lifestyle block, a young Matt Lancaster loved watching big tractors drive past.

Pete and Alanna Chapman.

On a small vineyard in a quiet valley, a young couple is growing hope.

Len Ibbotson

Getting science to work in the field requires some give and take, says Bragato Research Institute viticulture extension and research manager Len Ibbotson.

Paul Epee.

From studying banana plantlets in Cameroon to barley in Australia, Paul Epee has long been fascinated by agriculture and improving production.

Not a day goes by that Awatere Valley grape grower Andy Peter doesn’t think fondly of his father, who firmly believed in succession.

“We have an expression that unless you have dirt under your fingernails, you’ll never know how to grow a vine,” says James Millton from his eponymous Gisborne vineyard. 

Succession plans are all very good and well, but it's important that people are the "right fit" when it comes to taking on responsibilities, says Jane Hunter.

Pull the thread of family succession at Rippon, and you’ll find yourself at Wānaka Station in 1912, with its new owner Percy Sargood. Follow it even further, to 1895, and you’ll find the enterprising Dunedin merchant at a seminar given by viticulturist Romeo Bragato, perhaps seeding the idea of wine in the arid climes of Central Otago.

Arabella Waghorn once felt awkward about joining the family business in Marlborough, suspecting people would consider her a “spoilt brat”.

Sustainability measures have become part of the WineWorks culture, says Anthony Barnes, in a series celebrating Sustainability Guardians.

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