When two Northern Irishmen born 50 years and 50-ish kilometres apart from each other fall for the same beguiling grape, 20,000km from home in Central Otago, the only decent thing to do is become firm friends. Claire Finlayson talks to Alan Brady and Brian Shaw about a company that’s name is a nod to their collective pluck.
Michelle Richardson has travelled something of a full circle since Sir George Fistonich offered her a job at Villa Maria more than 30 years ago.
"The Marlborough wine industry has been extremely kind to me," says James Healy, 32 years after he pulled up in an iridescent green Holden Premier packed with his family and belongings.
Sukhpreet Kaur Gill is inspired by the amazing things that you can do with chemistry, including studies that can be applied in real life – such as wine.
Alena Kamper was 7 years old when she won her first big swim race, taking the title in the 25-metre butterfly at Napier’s town pool.
The first thing you'll notice about Jane De Witt is her broad smile and carefree laugh.
Show up at Two Terraces vineyard during harvest, and you’ll find an array of orange cones and nametags, a platter of piping hot scones, and a kaleidoscope of plans and potential.
"At the top end, New Zealand Chardonnay has never been better."
Wilco Lam is sitting in the sun dappled courtyard at the Porters Pinot winery on the main road into Martinborough as we talk about his life in wine, travel, and walking, and how a connection between all three led him to New Zealand.
For young wine professionals who have been mentored by Cath Archer, it is her wine industry knowledge, leadership expertise and branding experience that impresses them the most. But it was food that led her to a career in wine.
Tristan van Schalkwyk was already studying viticulture when Ford vs Ferrari hit cinemas in 2019. But watching it convinced him he’d chosen the right field, having considered a wide array of careers and courses on leaving school.
Tai Nelson was 17 years old when his girlfriend Amber Soljans suggested he get a part-time job at her family wine company in West Auckland.
Five 'Pinot Pioneers' have been recognised for their groundbreaking work in Martinborough, helping transform a rural farming community in today's "dynamic and vibrant vine village".
Jack Muir has adapted a mathematical model designed for the dairy industry to help him model the precipitation of calcium tartrate crystals in wine.
Mal McLennan grew up in an industry steeped in generational succession, where politics was governed by an old guard.
Nearly 30 years after he joined Mission Estate, Peter Holley says every single day has been exciting.
Dr David Jordan has spent his career taking science into New Zealand vineyards, while heeding the knowledge and experience of those in the field.
When Judy and Neal Ibbotson met in the late 1960s, he was a farm adviser, she was a dental nurse, and they were each dating the other's flatmate. "We swapped partners," explains Neal. "It was the best thing we ever did."
In the lead up to the Young Viticulturist of the Year National Final 2023, we meet the regional finalists.
Allan Scott took a punt on a new job in August 1973, joining 90 bewildered workers in the dry and dusty Brancott Valley.
In July 1983 New Zealand's wine industry could be characterised by "Müller Thurgau and more Müller Thurgau", and an oversupply plaguing the domestic market.
The newly elected Director General of the Organisation of Vine and Wine takes up his role on 1 January 2024, 100 years after the organisation began. We ask Dr John Barker about a career that has married his love of law and of wine, and about the significance of having a New Zealander at the helm of the OIV.
In 2022 Dr Jo Cribb celebrated a significant birthday with the Sauvignon Blanc her husband Mike made in the bathroom, using grapes from their Martinborough vineyard.
Accepting the coveted White Winemaker of the Year trophy at the International Wine Challenge was undoubtedly exciting for Natalie Christensen.
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