Viticulture

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...

Te Mata Estate’s well-kept secret – vintage pickers

[8 April/The Country] Te Mata Estate employs more than 70 pickers with an average age of 70 years old. People from early retirement age to well into their 80’s hand pick the winery’s grapes. Te Mata Estate Founder, John Buck, said they were people who epitomise Hawke’s Bay quality and they were an essential feature...

Stuart Smith: New Zealand’s ‘Minister of Wine’

[13 March/Stuff] National MP, Stuart Smith, was given a new role as the party’s viticulture spokesperson adding to his existing Civil Defence and Earthquake Commission portfolios he currently holds. Mr Smith said he was delighted with the appointment, and that trade would play a big role in his new position. He noted that wine had...

Villa Maria awarded 12 golds and two trophies at Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

[5 March/The Country] Villa Maria upheld their reputation as New Zealand’s most awarded winery when it was awarded 12 golds and two trophies at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. The Group’s Chief Winemaker, Nick Picone, was particularly happy that the golds were across all four tiers of Villa Maria wines. He said they were...

New Zealand wines a cut above Aussie quaffers in US market

 [26 February/NZ Farmer] For the second year running, New Zealand has been ranked the third biggest wine importer by value to the United States behind Italy and France. When compared to Australia, NZ exports only 7.7 million cases to the United States whereas Australia exports 20.6 million. However, the total value of our wines of...

Winemakers’ time to sparkle after ex-Cyclone Gita

[22 February/NZ Farmer] According to winemakers, former cyclone Gita should have little effect on the start of the grape harvest as long as the sun stays around. Although heavy rain fell in Marlborough creating widespread surface flooding, winemakers say it is unlikely to affect their grape harvesting schedules. Pernod Ricard Operations Manager, Tony Robb, said...

Vidal Estate winery, restaurant, land in Hastings on the market

[15 February/Stuff] One of New Zealand’s first wineries, Vidal Estate, in the Hawkes Bay has been put up for sale by pioneering winemaker Sir George Fistonich. The Estate was established in 1905 by Anthony Joseph Vidal, who set out to establish a wine empire. The reason for the sale is so the company can move...

Changes ahead for wine

[6 February/Otago Daily Times] After a disappointing northern hemisphere harvest in 2017, changes were expected in the global wine sector during 2018. Grape scarcity, higher prices, changes in trade agreements and increased mergers and acquisitions were some of the key factors expected to dominate the global wine industry according Rabobank’s quarterly wine report. During the...

Bay of Plenty business fined $12,000 for employment breaches

[8 February/Stuff] A kiwifruit business in the Bay of Plenty has been fined $12,000 for breaching a number of employment law minimum standards. A Labour Inspectorate investigation found that Ahead, a kiwifruit orchard labour hire business, failed to provide staff with individual employment agreements, pay holiday entitlements and to keep full and accurate time, wage...

US buyers given go-ahead to buy Central Otago vineyard

[8 February/NZ Farmer] The Overseas Investment Office has allowed American vineyard owners Marquis and Dianne Sauvage to purchase a 6.4 hectare block in Central Otago. This added to their already existing 24 hectare Burn Cottage vineyard located in the foothills of the Pisa Range. They plan to release a single vineyard wine off this site,...

‘Pretty bloody dumb’: Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s reaction to Montana Wines Australian

[31 January/ NZ Herald] Pernod Ricard New Zealand has started to source Australian grapes for inclusion in their Montana brand wines, which have historically been made using New Zealand grown grapes. Minister for Agriculture, Damien O’Connor bluntly called the move ‘pretty bloody dumb.’ His opinion received support from others across social media, including one commenter,...

Low-alcohol project gathers momentum

[18 January/Radio New Zealand Business] The New Zealand wine industry is halfway through a seven-year research project to wines for export that are naturally low in alcohol.  The Lifestyle Wines Primary Growth Partnership is targeting producing wines with 8 to 10% alcohol by volume with work being done on Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot...