Labour shortages, rain excesses and Omicron threats challenged several of the country's wine regions during vintage 2022. But with tanks full, demand strong and an "exceptional" late summer enjoyed by many, the harvest appears to have yielded as many good moments as grim.
As New Zealand prepares for the return of international visitors, tourism operators - including winery cellar doors - need to ensure their websites are ready.
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New Zealand Wine Week 2022
The New Zealand Winegrowers marketing team recently concluded another successful New Zealand Wine Week campaign.
Te Mata Estate is preparing to unleash a "secret weapon" in the vines, as its handpicking team trades retirement for harvest.
With many wine regions suffering from low yields in vintage 2021, the good growing season for the upcoming harvest has been welcomed with open arms. It comes with plenty of challenges, including the labour shortages looming large and ever present Covid-19 risks, but collaboration, determination and innovation are hard at work in New Zealand vineyards.
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New Zealand Winegrowers is to host the Oceania leg of the virtual Green Wine Future Conference this May.
Sharing the splendour of Central Otago has been key to an attraction campaign for the 2022 grape harvest.
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A New Zealand research project in the United States has provided rich information for companies wanting to know more about that key market.
Since our last Marketing Place the New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) Blind Tasting has become another casualty of Covid-19 postponements.
La Niña came and went in early 2021, but it felt like it never completely went away.
A warm and settled autumn has given way to winter.
Central Otago had "a tricky little vintage", says James Dicey of Grape Vision.
Finding excellent crops on Greystone's hillside vineyards was "great, but also gutting", says winemaker Dom Maxwell.
Nelson was dealt a significantly low fruit set and crop this year, says Andrew Greenhough, with yields of Greenhough Vineyards' home block down by 30 to 40 percent.
Brian Bicknell is carfully watching the shifting landscapes of hospitality around the world, hoping to gauge the strength of Mahi's markets.
The 2021 harvest was the latest in a run of kind harvests for Gisborne, says Matawhero owner Kirsten Searle.
Dry River Wines has always been aptly named, but is especially so now, says Winemaker Wilco Lam, with vintage 2021 highlighting the industry's dire need for drought tolerant rootstocks.
“It's been an excellent harvest for us in Hawke’s Bay,” says Te Awa winemaker Richard Painter, at Villa Maria’s winery on the Gimblett Gravels.
A very early harvest paired with a very slow shipping schedule caught Auckland Winemaker Peter Turner on the hop this vintage.
An unusual and unsettled summer has been the theme for many of the growing regions across New Zealand.
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