The past 12 months have been full on for the New Zealand wine industry.
Displaying the motto 'to struggle through adversity makes success so much sweeter' on their website, Kalex wines sense a distinct parallel between owner Alex Kaufman's will to survive, and the challenging task of farming grapes in Central Otago.
While Marlborough is set to expand its vineyard production by 24 percent in the next four years, Central Otago's growth is expected to be far more modest.
What do you get when you cross a tranquil walnut grove on one of Central Otago's most prized wine-roads, with a glistening spaceship-like caravan?
Dairy farmers stand to benefit financially from the expansion at the Port of Tauranga, says chief executive Mark Cairns.
The future for irrigating farmers in Otago will come under the spotlight at IrrigationNZ's first-ever AGM in the region next month.
Dairy farmers in Otago and Southland have taken a hit from unseasonal high winds that have demolished haybarns and generally disrupted their farming.
West Otago farmers Richard and Kerry France waited close to eight years to enter the Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA), finally giving it a go last year.
It is one brand with one owner and one varietal wine but from this year onwards, the winery formerly known as Surveyor Thomson has rebranded to Domaine-Thomson (no relation to this writer) and acquired land in Burgundy.
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