The 3rd and 5th generation of Soljans, Amber, Tony and Tyler.

Given the youth of the New Zealand wine industry (on a world scale) it is impressive to know that one Kumeu company is celebrating its fifth generation involvement.

Creativity in education

In addition to the traditional International Education Programme, New Zealand Winegrowers have come up with some novel ways of promoting our wines in international markets.

 
Emiliana Vineyard, Chile.

With a total of 922 hectares of biodynamic vineyards, Chile’s Emiliana Vineyards is the largest organic wine producer in the world. Now this renowned winery, one of the world’s Top 50 Admired Wine Brands, will be sharing their knowledge at the upcoming Organic and Biodynamic Wine Conference.

 
Tim Hanni MW in full flight.

Master of Wine Tim Hanni didn’t hold back during his session on food and wine pairing. Instead he let rip with a range of statements that had many attending nodding in agreement.

Could Sauvignon Blanc be Aretha Franklin's Respect?

Just what song epitomizes Sauvignon Blanc to you and why? That was the question Melanie Brown put to a number of writers and commentators both here in New Zealand and around the world, prior to Savuignon 19.

A deeper shade of Rosé

Wairarapa winemaker Jannine Rickards released the first two vintages of her new wines, branded Huntress, late last year.

Craggy Range has doubled its land holdings in Martinborough with the acquisition of a 110-hectare block of land at the north end of Te Muna Road, nine kilometres west of the township.

A viticulture and winemaking programme is set to resume at EIT Tairawhiti (Gisborne) this year, thanks to some collaboration between the institute and the wine industry.

The past six years has seen increased growth in the New Zealand viticultural sector, according to MyFarm Investments, but future long-term growth will depend on other varietals outside Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Selling wine in a can is nothing especially new, it just hasn’t been embraced by wine producers, but is it time to look at canning wine as well as selling it in bottles?

With 27 million sheep in New Zealand it is not surprising that a number will end up in amongst the country’s 37,000 hectares of grapes.

The New Zealand Winegrowers Research Centre (NZWRC) is breaking ground in terms of technology, as phase one of the research winery begins.

There are 48 million wine drinkers in China, making it one of the world’s largest markets. They are also large producers, and Lee Suckling asks the question, will China ever be realistic competitors in the market?

While 750 wineries took part in the 6th ProWine China, only three came from New Zealand.

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