Viticulture

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...

Delegat managing director Graeme Lord to step down

[10 August/ National Business Review] Delegat Group Managing Director Graeme Lord will step down in July 2018 after four years in the role and 19 years with the company. Executive Chairman Jim Delegat said the company is well placed to find a replacement and ensure a seamless transition. Mr Delegat said Mr Lord played a...

Step up for wine regions

[12 August/The Country] Both Otago wine producing regions, the world recognised Central Otago area and the lesser known Waitaki Valley, are in line to receive international recognition along with New Zealand’s 16 other wine producing regions under the Geographical Indicators (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act which came into effect at the end of July. New...

Alleged wine fraud by Canterbury wine producer a threat to billion-dollar trade

[4 August/ Stuff] Southern Boundary Wines Ltd face 156 charges in a case alleging their wine carried false information about its variety, vintage or origin. The case, brought forward by the Ministry for Primary Industries, was the first time charges had been laid under New Zealand’s Wine Act. MPI also claimed the defendants destroyed or...

NZ wine regions move to protected model

[ 27 July/ NZ Herald] The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act, passed in 2006, allows wine regions to register with the Intellectual Property Office New Zealand and ensure the region’s name is reserved for wine of that area. New Zealand wine regions can officially register for the protection under the legislation, which came...

Graham Norton in hot water over NZ sauvignon blanc promo

[23 July/ NZ Herald] BBC’s Graham Norton has allegedly broken strict BBC advertising rules by investing in the sauvignon blanc that he drinks with guests on his television show. Mr Norton’s investment in Invivo Wines, a New Zealand company, and their bottles of Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc has led annual sales to increase from...

Delegat predicts rise in profit

[18 July/ Otago Daily Times] After record wine production of 2.65million cases, producer Delegat Group decided to increase full-year after-tax profit guidance by almost 7 percent to $38.5million, with results scheduled for release in late August. Forsyth Barr Broker Damian Foster had forecast after-tax profit at $37million, believing the main upgrade driver was cost control,...

Bad news winos, the number of grapes harvested in NZ has dropped by 9 percent

[12 June/ Stuff] New Zealand’s grape harvest this year produced 396,000 tonnes, 9 percent less than last year’s 436,000 tonnes. This year’s harvest is still the third largest harvest on record. New Zealand Winegrowers CEO Philip Gregan said heavy rainfall and cool, windy weather had played a part in the overall reduction, adding the smaller...

MPI to review Wine Act to improve industry’s exporting ventures

[8 June/ Stuff] The Ministry of Primary Industries is reviewing part of the Wine Act to improve the export wine industry. The review will assess whether exporters are keeping adequate records for traceability, clarify the definition of a wine exporter and look at inconsistencies about what export consignments are exempt from the rules. Food Safety...

Sainsbury wine label design, colours, similar to New Zealand’s Villa Maria

 [8 June/ Stuff] Villa Maria has asked Sainsbury’s to pull a rival house wine label, Villetta Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc label, from its shelves because the labels are too similar. The label has adopted the Villa Maria white label with gold surround, as well as a similar wing-like logo in a similar shade of red. The...

GrowCo gets approval for facility touted as ‘complete solution’ to Marlborough’s grape marc issues

 [25 May/ Stuff] GrowCo has received resource consent to take up to 40,000 tonnes of grape marc per year to produce animal feed and build a 1.6-hectare storage pad on Flaxbourne Station. The company also intended to construct a dam, with a capacity of up to 20,000 m3, to store marc leachate. GrowCo’s granted resource...

Delegat grape harvest growth slows

[10 May/ NZ Herald] Delegat Group has announced a 4 percent increase in its New Zealand grape harvest to 34,595 tonnes, while its Australian harvest grew by 6 percent to 2,760 tonnes. Delegat Managing Director, Graeme Lord said the New Zealand harvest was of very good quality despite the delayed start to the season due...

Promising vintage after poor start in Central Otago

 [8 May/ New Zealand Herald] Winegrowers are anticipating a promising Central Otago vintage season after a difficult growing season. Central Otago Winegrowers Association General Manager Glenys Coughlan said although grape yields will be lower than average, autumn has delivered near perfect conditions and great-tasting fruit. Ms Coughlan said the region is grateful it missed the...

Vineyard contractor ordered to pay more than $73k

 [3 May/ New Zealand Herald] An investigation by the Labour Inspectorate found Marlborough-based Precise Contracting Limited failed to pay 83 employees minimum wage, correct holiday pay, and had not kept proper employment records. Precise Contracting Limited has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay over $73,000 in penalties and back pay for its...

Value of NZ wine to US tops Australia

 [19 April/ Otago Daily Times] Rabobank’s latest Wine Quarterly report shows that the value of bottled and bulk wine imported into the USA from New Zealand now exceeds those of Australia.  The value of US imports from New Zealand increased 11% to USD400 million, while imports from Australia fell 9% to USD351 million.  In volume...