Fifteen years of Young Viticulturist of the Year winners gathered in Martinborough in October.

Competing in the New Zealand Young Viticulturist of the Year competition is all about escaping your comfort zone, says the first ever winner.

Jonno Hill

Hill Laboratories is providing support to the US wine industry by testing samples from grape growers and wineries in the wake of west coast wildfires.

Smell the Rosés

New Zealand’s wine industry has only “scratched the surface” of Rosé’s possibilities, says Wither Hills Winemaker Patricia Miranda-Taylor.

 
In the past six months, Constellation Brands has released seven new lower or zero alcohol wines.

“Betterment is here to stay,” says Constellation’s Asia-Pacific Vice President of Commercial Development Rowan Dean.

Dr John Forrest

New Zealand’s Lighter Wines category owes a lot to Dr John Forrest’s stubborn streak.

 
Jane Hunter

The growth of New Zealand’s wine industry is “staggering”, says one of the country’s first exporters of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Grant Taylor

“Going into lockdown we were all thinking that we wouldn’t have jobs,” says Valli’s owner and winemaker Grant Taylor.

Lincoln University PhD. student, Ghouse Peera is working on grapevine phenology.

From tasting the world’s hottest chilis to analysing grapevine phenology, Ghouse Peera has long been fascinated with plants.

Romeo Bragato (left) with Assistant Winemaker James Andrews at Te Kauwhata in 1902.

Romeo Bragato continues to make his mark on New Zealand’s wine industry, 125 years after he first offered advice on the prospects for viticulture. The Bragato Trust granted a total of $23,000 to seven wine and viticulture students last year, with 45 grants worth $240,000 since the trust was established…

EIT will launch its fees-free Certificate in Cellar Operations in January 2021.

Covid-19 is creating “amazing opportunities” for wine and viticulture students, says the head of Hawke’s Bay’s viticulture and wine science school. Sue Blackmore, from Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), says closed borders will make wine students far more valuable to companies during vintage, and vintage experience more valuable for students.…

Covid-19 has given Constellation Brands New Zealand a boost in the US market, as consumers fall back to strong brands they trust, says Managing Director Simon Towns.

Bookings for premium wine tours “vanished” when New Zealand’s borders closed, say operators struggling under Covid-19.

Wine companies, large and small, are grappling with the potential shortage of a reliable labour force for vintage 2021, with borders closed to international workers.

Losing boutique wineries to Covid-19 would be a blow for New Zealand’s wine industry, say the authors of a new report into challenges for small operators.

Labour constraints have put pressure on pruning this season, with experienced crews of Recognised Seasonal Employer workers shut out by border closures.

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