Pen Naish and Nicholas Brown

"I definitely feel that I'm growing," notes Nicholas Brown, when asked to reflect on his two-decade winemaking career, with the past 15 years at North Canterbury's Black Estate.

Minoo Mohajer

PhD student Minoo Mohajer won Lincoln University's Three-Minute thesis (3MT) research presentation last year, for her engaging presentation on improving the yield and quality of wine by promoting vine balance. She went on to reach the semi-finals in the Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition in September. In this PhD Precis, we take three minutes with Minoo.

Roger Parkinson

It’s 35 years since Roger Parkinson planted vines in Martinborough and this year he celebrates three decades as winemaker at Nga Waka. But it began in Paris, he tells Joelle Thomson.

Holly West. Photo by Richard Brimer.

"As soon as I entered this industry, I felt like I belonged," says Holly West, who started working weekends at Matua's cellar door during her final year of high school.

Jake Tipler

Jake Tipler's wine tourism business took him to every corner of Central Otago's wine industry, celebrating people and place, until Covid-19 desimated his client base.

In six years, Rebecca Allen has transitioned from being a lab technician to director and owner of Pacific Rim Oenology Services Ltd.

A wine industry stalwart who devoted decades of his life to recording and sharing the history of Romeo Bragato, will be remembered for all he did for New Zealand wine.

The unstoppable Diana Dobson - Aviary Manager of the Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust - received a Queen’s Service Medal for services to wildlife conservation in June.

Hard workand a deep appreciation for the land have underpinned Claire Mulholland’s career and life. Raised on a 1,000-hectare farm in Maniototo, Central Otago, Claire recognised the importance of those traits at an early age.

Romy Moukarzel grew up Beqaa Valley, Lebanon's largest wine producing region and home to French cultivars like Cinsault, Carignan and Grenache.

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