Viticulture

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...

Vineyard techniques help save fruit in sodden Marlborough grape harvest

[16 April/ Stuff] Technology and experience have helped the wine industry through a difficult season. Ex-Cyclone Cook and another low-pressure system dropped the equivalent of two months of rain in the space of two days in Marlborough. The worst-affected areas, Ward and Waihopai Valley, each received 129 millimetres of rain. This event followed a wet-weather...

Wine industry unites behind final draft of industry taxation scheme

 [10 April/ ABC News] The final version of reforms to the Australian wine industry’s taxation scheme, the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate has been released for a final review. The WET rebate scheme reforms are changing winemakers allowance to claim a rebate of up to AUD500, 000 on the tax they have paid. Domestically-produced wine...

Villa Maria jumps to fourth as world’s most admired wine brand

 [3 April/ National Business Review] Villa Maria has been named the fourth most admired wine brand in the world in the third year that the company has placed on the list. The list is compiled annually by Drinks International – the world’s leading magazine for alcoholic beverages – from choices made by 200 industry experts....

Treasury Wine Estates sell two Hawke’s Bay vineyards, no ongoing supply contracts

 [1 April/ Stuff] Two large Hawkes Bay vineyards have been put on the market by owner Treasury Wine Estates without ongoing supply contracts so the properties can be converted for other uses. Matheson Vineyard is a 41.02-hectare property valued at $4.38 million, and Dartmoor Vineyard sits on 3.18ha of land, valued at $2.2 million. Bayleys...

Blue wine from Spain may hit NZ

[27 March/ Stuff] The world’s first blue wine, produced by Spanish start-up company Gik, is set to hit the New Zealand market. The blue colour is created from Anthocyanin (a pigment found in grape skin) and indigo dye, however the product is made using red and white grapes. The flavour is then changed by adding...

Otago winemaker signs deal for US distribution

[25 March. New Zealand Herald] Peregrine Wines has signed a deal with Vineyard Brands that will enable the full Peregrine Wines portfolio to be distributed to every state in the United States. Before Peregrine, Vineyard Brands had dealt with Villa Maria. The new distribution contract could mean a 50 percent increase in production for Peregrine...

Advocates claim clearer guidelines needed for Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme worker deductions

[20 March/ Stuff] Clearer contractor guidelines could dispel public concerns over how much overseas vineyard workers are charged for accommodation and petrol. Concerned residents have shown pay slip deductions potentially conflicting with the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE). The scheme provides economic assistance to Pacific Island economies and fills New Zealand seasonal labour demand. Immigration...

Marlborough wine industry hopes for sun, not more rain going into harvest

[12 March/ Stuff] Grape growers are hoping for more sun and less rain during harvest. Rainfall this late in the season increases the risk of disease, gives the canopies another growth spurt and risks delaying harvest slightly due to the dilution of sugar. Dog Point Vineyard Viticulturist Nigel Sowman said botrytis was the biggest risk...

Delegat lifts first-half profit 17pc, sees annual profit in line

 [27 February/ New Zealand Herald] New Zealand’s largest listed winemaker, Delegat Group, increased its operating profit by 17 percent in the first half and expects annual operating profit to be consistent with last year’s record $37 million. Profit excluding one-time movements in asset valuations increased to $24.7 million in the six months ended 31 December...

Five million litres of wine lost in Kaikoura earthquake

 [24 February/ Rural News Group] A recent NZ Winegrowers survey highlighted that over five million litres of wine (although just 2 percent of Marlborough’s total production) was lost after the Kaikoura earthquake. Over 60 million litres of tank capacity was damaged or destroyed, equating to 20 percent of the regions capacity. The upcoming 2017 vintage...