Viticulture

Marlborough winery contaminates neighbours’ drinking water with grape waste

[16 December/Stuff] Babich Wines has avoided convictions for contamination charges after demonstrating “extraordinary remorse” in a landmark pollution case. Runoff from the company’s new grape marc pad, leaked into the ground contaminating neighbours’ wells in 2016. The pad was not tested before it was used, and the leachate seeped into three shallow groundwater bores, which...

Future of wine in Gisborne assured

[7 December/NZ Herald] The future of wine-making in the Gisborne district remains secure despite declines in grape production in recent years. Gisborne winemaker, James Milton, believes the regions unique soils, while not cluttered with stones, actually enhance the fruitfulness of the grapevines. Mr Milton was reacting to comments made by wine writer, Michael Cooper, commenting...

‘Unprecedented offending’: Peter Yealands and his former company fined $400k

[11 December/The Country] Yealands Estate Wines has pleaded guilty to ‘unprecedented offending’ under the Wine Act 2003 and has been fined $400,000 for deliberate, deceptive and sustained breaches according to MPI.  The charges relate to parties being complicit in making false statements regarding export eligibility applications and material omissions in wine records relating to the...

Otago’s Providore Wines rolls out AR app to give buyers information

[10 December/NZ Herald] Otago wine producer Providore has launched an app using augmented reality (AR) to tell its origin story. The app has been rolled out as a bid to encourage people to buy its wines.  Launching in October, the wine company, has vineyards in the Gibbston Valley, and want to provide consumers with information...

Kiwis ‘too good’ for seasonal work as employers cry out for skilled fulltime staff

[4 December/Stuff] A recent employment survey in the Marlborough region shows the province is desperately short of skilled full-time staff.  Wine Marlborough advocacy manager, Vance Kerslake, said many Kiwis consider themselves too good for seasonal work and are only interested in taking permanent positions. Wine Marlborough surveyed 55 Marlborough employers across a dozen industries and...

Marlborough vineyard workers paid less than half of minimum wage

[22 November/Stuff] A Marlborough businessman has been ordered to pay more than $20,000 in penalties and unpaid wages to vineyard workers who have been paid less than half of the minimum wage. Jaswinder Paul hired seven employees through his company R.K.K Enterprises, who were subcontracted to work at Stokesay Vineyard. Employment Relations Authority member Christine...

Central Otago wine claims top national award

[6 November/The Country] Family owned Maude Wines has won the top prize in the first edition of the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards. The Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago 2017 won the New Zealand Wine of the Year Champion trophy as well the Fruitfed Supplies Champion Pinot Noir trophy and the regional trophy...

Wine industry salutes tech company’s efforts

[6 November/Otago Daily Times] A Mosgiel based company, TracMap, has won a prestigious award at the annual Australian Wine Industry Impact Awards. The company provides grape growers with GPS guidance and mapping systems to manage activities on vineyards. The award was an indication that the technology can make a difference according to CEO, David Glen....

Vinoptima receivership set to lead to scale of 100,000 litres of premium Gewurztraminer

[17 October/NZ Herald] A wine lake of 100,000 litres of Gewurztraminer was waiting to be sold at a Poverty Bay vineyard. The vineyard has been placed into receivership. Vinoptima Founder, Nick Nobilo, said 100,000 litres of the wine had been accumulated from the vines. It was now under the control of BDO receiver Andrew McKay,...

Hawke’s Bay chardonnay wins champion white wine in New World Wine Awards

[8 October/The Country] Chardonnay was coming back into the spotlight, and won at the New World Wine Awards. Chairman of Judges, Jim Harre, said while a record number of rose wines entered the awards, it was the chardonnay that pleased the judges. He noted it was a nice win from a judging point of view....

Plant professor brings the science to wine research centre

[18 September/Stuff] The New Zealand Winegrowers Research Centre announced Lincoln University Professor, Brian Jordan, would act as its head of science to assist with its establishment. He would retain his job at the university, and work part time to build the science programme. The Centre’s Chief Executive, MJ Loza, said they were delighted to have...

Wine founder given top Australian honour

[12 September/NZ Winegrower] Wine industry founder, Dave Hohnen, received Australia’s top honour. He founded Cape Mentelle, and also led the creation of Cloudy Bay. He was made a member of the Order of Australia for his services to the Australian wine industry as a promoter of the Margaret River region. There was no mention of...

Frosty mornings give Hawke’s Bay winegrowers a few sleepless nights

[12 September/The Country] A cold snap gave Hawke’s Bay grape growers sleepless nights, however caused no real damage to crops. Hawke’s Bay Wine Growers Association Chairman, Michael Henley, said they were very early frosts so bud burst had not really happened. He added that Late October and early November would be the worst time to...

New Zealand financial services company Booster buys Sileni’s Hawke’s Bay business

[11 September/The Country] Sileni Estates has secured a purchaser for its business to ensure the continued operation and supply of its wine. Their new partner is Booster. It would now operate as Sileni Wines Limited Partnership to recognise the capital introduction and change of ownership. Sileni Estates Chief Executive, Nigel Avery, confirmed his family would...

Wine exports grow by more than $700 million in less than a decade

[29 August/Radio NZ] According to Marlborough, growth in New Zealand wine exports was driven by growth in demand from the U.S. The value of exports had grown by more than $700 million in less than a decade and volume had doubled since 2009. However, domestic sales of New Zealand wine had fallen. Marlborough’s vineyard accounted...

Unintended results of investment curbs

[23 July/Rural Life] Proposals to curb foreign investment in New Zealand could have unintended consequences for the horticulture and viticulture sectors. It could result in foreign owners instead opting to buy more land and vineyards outright, defeating the efforts to keep more assets in New Zealand hands. Industry expert, Alistair King, said the proposed Government...

‘Bumper’ wine harvest could affect prices

[23 July/The Country] A bumper 2018 wine harvest wold support export volumes and value, but could put downward pressure on prices. According to ASB Senior Rural Economist, Nathan Penny, another potential issue is the trade tensions between the UK, Europe, U.S. and China where the demand for New Zealand’s luxury status wine could fall. He...

Winemaker Delegat Group toasts a tasty profit

[17 July/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s largest listed winemaker, Delegat Group, said its unaudited operating profit in the year to June increased by 17 percent to $44.9 million. This was driven by record global case sales, lower cost of sales, higher yielding vintages and lower financing costs. It added that it expected its net profit for...

Yealands Wine Group granted suppression order as Marlborough Lines takes complete ownership

[5 July/Stuff] Electricity network company Marlborough Lines took full ownership of Yealands Wine Group. A subsidiary of the company acquired the final 14 percent of Yealands from an entity controlled by Peter Yealands. Mr Yealands also resigned as a director of the group which he founded in 2002. He refused to comment on the sale,...

We’re selling cheaper wine overseas, but more of it

[9 July/Stuff] New Zealand winemakers were earning less for a litre of export wine, however the total export value of the industry has risen quickly. According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, the total value of wine export had grown sixfold. New Zealand Winegrowers Global Marketing Director, Chris Yorke, said wine had become cheaper to...

Craggy Range vineyard buying land on edge of Martinborough

[28 June/Stuff] Craggy Range is doubling its production with the purchase of a neighbouring farm in Martinborough. The property brings Craggy Range’s three year search for a second estate to a close. Chief Winemaker, Matt Stafford, said they learnt a lot from 20 years which they could apply to the new site. He added the...

Invivo Wines opens $6.5m funding round

[25 May/NBR] Wine company, Invivo, opened another funding round to promote growth in export markets. The company was raising $6.5 million through existing and wholesale investors. Funds would go towards expanding into the U.S. driving growth in its more established markets, and hiring more staff. Production was up to three million bottles this year from...

NZ wine exports to US grow as global prices rise

[27 April/Radio NZ] It was a big year for New Zealand wine exports into the United States and the industry was also part of a larger global trend seeing increases in the sale of wine into emerging markets. According the Global Wine quarterly report from Rabobank, the supply of wine was tight in 2017 driven...

Moa signs domestic distribution deal with Constellation Brands NZ

[1 May/National Business Review] Craft brewer, Moa, has teamed up with New Zealand’s largest wine exporter, Constellation Brands New Zealand, to create a channel that will allow Moa to distribute its beers through Constellation’s network. Constellation is one of the world’s largest alcoholic beverage companies. Constellation’s New Zealand President, Simon Towns, said craft beer was...