Pinot blenders; from left -  Janet and Ross Anderson, Josh Scott, Hamish Drury and Tui Flemming.

As far as marketing ventures go, Scott Base’s Pinot project is a real winner. Well certainly if you’re lucky enough to be seated under the Central Otago sun blending Pinot Noir with winemaker Josh Scott. 

 
Stop the Drift

Central Otago winegrowers have a new weapon in their campaign to stop the drift of dangerous agri chemicals – a map initiative.

 
Italian love affair

They met on Wellington’s Lambton Quay, fell in love in Rome and planted Sangiovese in Central Hawke’s Bay...

There is a resurgence of interest in big-flavoured, oaked chardonnays and East Coast grape growers and winemakers are ready to meet demand, say Gisborne Classic Chardonnay Group founding members from right, Andy Nimmo (Hihi Wines) and Paul Tietjen (TW Wines).

New Zealand Chardonnay has failed to make much of a dent on the export market. A group of Gisborne winemakers want to help change that.

Damian Yvon from Clos Henri, was one of the panel trying to determine which glass is the perfect one for Sauvignon Blanc.

For the second time this year, a panel of winemakers and industry personnel in Marlborough spent time considering what constitutes the perfect Sauvignon Blanc glass.

First kumeu sparkling

Kumeu River Wines has broken new ground for sparkling wine by bottling New Zealand’s first bubbly to be called Crémant, which was released in October this year.

Jackson Estate Directors Jeff Hart (left) and John Benton at the site of the soon to be built new winery and cellar door.

It is 26 years since Jackson Estate launched their first Marlborough wine onto the market, and despite continued success the company has never had its own winery or cellar door.

Displaying the motto 'to struggle through adversity makes success so much sweeter' on their website, Kalex wines sense a distinct parallel between owner Alex Kaufman's will to survive, and the challenging task of farming grapes in Central Otago.

As the countdown to Pinot Noir 2017 continues, NZWinegrower will be looking at the regions taking part in the celebration.

While Marlborough is set to expand its vineyard production by 24 percent in the next four years, Central Otago's growth is expected to be far more modest.

Every wine region has its challenges but when it comes to New Zealand's smallest ones, the trials of weather, climate and transportation can take on new levels of difficulty.

Driving from Central Otago to the Waitaki Valley, you could be forgiven for that no wine region existed here.

Nelson geologist Alan Eggers has spent the vast majority of his working life searching for and extracting minerals from the ground.

Foraging, hunting and food will have as much resonance as wine when Brent Marris has completed his project at Leefield Station in Marlborough.

From the moment you enter the gravel driveway into Burn Cottage vineyard, it's as if a Zen-like vibe envelops you.

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