Viticulture

Tourism boom ripe for picking, says wine industry

[10 December/ NZ Herald] Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers have joined forces to support the growing trend of international visitors seeking out a “wine experience” while touring New Zealand. According to figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s International Visitor Survey, about 25 percent of international tourists sought out a wine...

Delegat lifts full-year earnings guidance on sales growth and weaker kiwi

[5 December/ National Business Review] Delegate Group, New Zealand’s largest listed winemaker, has increased its 2018 earnings guidance after benefiting from sales growth and a weaker kiwi dollar. The company announced that operating profit for the 12 months ending 30 June 2018 was expected to be $40.7 million, up from the existing forecast of $38.5...

Winner learned it all along the way

[1 December/ Otago Daily Times] Tannacrieff Wines and DC Wines Owner, Debra Cruikshank has been awarded the Supreme award at the Enterprising Rural Woman Awards in Invercargill. Ms Cruikshank said from day one on her journey with her own business, she knew she had to create a niche market. Ms Cruikshank added that everything she...

Marlborough chardonnay wins big at NZ wine awards

[26 November/ Radio NZ] The Isabel Chardonnay Marlborough 2016 won the Champion Wine trophy for best chardonnay at the wine awards. Chief Judge Warren Gibson said the overall winner would stand with the best in the world. Isabel Estate Chief Winemaker Isabel Estate, Jeremy McKenzie, said good wines took time and love to cultivate. Seventeen...

Vineyard leasing an appealing lifestyle option

[27 November/ NZ Herald] The huge growth in global demand for Sauvignon Blanc wine has put pressure on existing vineyard area, and has left win companies hunting down new areas for grape supply that still fell within the Marlborough region. Options for buying more land were becoming increasingly capital hungry, as vineyard prices started to...

Foley Family Wines buys Mt Difficulty for $55m

[16 November/New Zealand Herald] Mt Difficulty Wines of Central Otago has been sold for approximately $55 million to listed company Foley Family Wines. Foley Family Wines Chief Executive Mark Turnbull said the purchase was of all Mt Difficulty’s assets and business, including wine brands Roaring Meg and Mt Difficulty, property interests, winemaking and cellar door...

British banker sells Motueka luxury lodge and farm to French Polynesian brewer

[10 November/Stuff] British banking boss Sir Keith Whitson and his wife Lady Sabine Whitson have sold their Motueka luxury lodge and farm. The new owner will be Jean-Pierre Fourcade, who built his fortune as the head of French Polynesian beer and soft drinks business la Brasserie de Tahiti. A lawyer acting on behalf of Mr...

Sustainability not just a label

[2 November/New Zealand Herald] Yealands Estate Wines enlisted the aid of our best student brains from the University of Auckland Business School’s ‘Solve It’ challenge to help with recycling their wine bottle labels. The students came up with a way to process the PET plastic backing from wine labels into a plastic-based synthetic diesel fuel....

International success for Moana Park Sauvignon Blanc

[30 October/New Zealand Herald] Moana Park Winery has recorded another international accolade with its 2016 Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with the Outstanding Wine Under $80 award at China’s 9th annual Golden Bottle Awards. The award show is conducted by WINE Magazine and is attended by all the significant players in the industry. Speaking on the...

Champion Hawke’s Bay wine comes from great grapes

[26 October/New Zealand Herald] Viticulturist Jonathan Hamlet was in charge of the grapes that went into Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards Champion of Show wine – Te Awa’s Single Estate Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Mr Hamlet was overjoyed with the result, which reflected the hard work he and his team...

Award-winning Mt Difficulty Wines focus of Foley Family Wines talks

[25 October/Otago Daily Times] Foley Family Wines Chief Executive Mark Turnbull said discussions were under way for award-winning Mt Difficulty’s potential purchase for an undisclosed sum. Mt Difficulty had nearly 40 hectares of plantings across six vineyards. Foley shareholder approval and Overseas Investment Office approval would be required before any final transaction. The shares of...

Hawke’s Bay continues to hone winemaking pedigree

[21 October/New Zealand Herald] In the wake of four superb vintages and globally acclaimed wines the Hawke’s Bay is being recognised internationally as producing many different cultivars of world-class pedigree. That ability showed through at this year’s Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys 2017 Wine Awards with 2015 wines across the varietal board scoring strongly. The industry...

Te Awa trumps wine awards

[21 October/New Zealand Herald] The Te Awa Single Estate Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 won the Champion Wine of Show on Tuesday night at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards. The judges were impressed with its structure and texture, remarking that it was its floral/dried herb and spicy lift that set...

Teamwork helps students win at Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards

[21 October/New Zealand Herald] Kaoru Mizuguchi, Hyota Sato, Chris Borain and Yuji Masuo won best student wine on Tuesday night at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards. All four were all studying at Eastern Institute of Technology when they made their 4 Little Pigs Merlot 2016. Viticulture student Mr Sato said the merlot he...

Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction tasting event success

[12 October/ New Zealand Herald] 42 unique wine blends were showcased at a tasting for the 26th annual Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction on November 11. Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction Chairman Tony Bish said the event was an opportunity to showcase the hard work winegrowers had put into their grapes and were happy with the profile...

Despite late rain the 2017 vintage is stacking up

[12 October/ New Zealand Herald] The 2017 vintage was jeopardised due to constant rain in March, and over the weekend of 7 October 21.4mm of rain fell across greater Napier and 13mm around Hastings. This weekend rain disturbed harvesting and created lower than expected varietal volumes for some growers. Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association Chairman Michael...

Enterprising Cromwell winemaker up for Supreme Rural Woman Award

[13 October/ Stuff] Debra Cruickshank, of Tannacrieff Wines in Cromwell, is one of four finalists for the Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award to be announced on November 18. Ms Cruickshank has been recognised for her business success, making a niche market for port and offering solutions for fast-growing boutique vineyards wanting to produce wine from...

Waikato wines up with the best.

[12 October /New Zealand Herald] Waikato Winery Vilagrad has won three awards in the New Zealand International Wine Show, the largest wine competition held in New Zealand. This includes a silver award for its 2013 Gewürztraminer, which is sold under the 3 Brothers Winery label, and bronze awards for their 2013 Sparkling Charminer and 2015...

Stars align for prizewinning pinot noir

[6 October/ Otago Daily Times] Wild Earth Wines has won multiple awards this month. Its 2015 yet-to-be-released pinot noir won the only Central Otago gold awarded in the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards earlier this month. The vineyard was also one of the region’s vineyards to win gold at the New Zealand International Wine Show,...

Bay winery nets three golds in New York

[29 September/ New Zealand Herald] At the New York International Wine Competition, Crownthorpe winery Monowai Estate won three gold medals and been named Hawke’s Bay Winery of the Year for the second time. Monowai Estate Owner and Winemaker Emma Lowe said the results highlighted a change in attitudes towards New Zealand wines in America. Monowai...

One more chance for viticulturist

 [21 September/ New Zealand Herald] Felton Road Wines Assistant Viticulturalist Annabel Bulkhas one more chance to win the national Young Viticulturist of the Year title next year before she is too old to enter. The competition is restricted to under 30-year-old applicants. Ms Bulk has worked on the Bannockburn vineyard for six years and entered...

Marlborough and Ningxia sign deal … over a glass of wine

[15 September/ NZ Farmer] Marlborough and Ningxia, the leading wine producing regions in New Zealand and China, have joined forces and signed an agreement to share training and expertise. Marlborough Mayor, John Leggett said the agreement would help Marlborough wine technology companies grow their exports to China, and encourage Chinese students to travel to Marlborough...

Wine Marlborough criticised for ‘political’ stance on Labour’s water policy

[27 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] Marlborough grape growers that support charging for water have criticised their industry body, Wine Marlborough, for attacking Labour’s irrigation policy. The deputy chair of Wine Marlborough described the Labour policy as dangerous and deceitful, indicating it would place exporters at a disadvantage. Some growers have been angered by the comments as...

The new school of winegrowers

[21 August/New Zealand Winegrower] A school to teach winegrowing to secondary school students is about to open in Marlborough. The New Zealand School of Winegrowing, a first for New Zealand, will offer 20 year 12 NCEA students a chance to gain credits while learning the basics of the wine industry. The idea has been in...