Explore Marlborough. Photo by Jessica Jones.

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

Photo: Villa Maria.

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.

Photo: Misha’s Vineyard.

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.

 
 
Logie MacKenzie.

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

Donald Nalpin (far right) and other Ni-Vanuatu workers.

Hundreds of Pacific Islanders stranded in Central Otago during the Covid-19 lockdown may be facing a long wait until they can safely return home.

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John Forrest with his range of lighter alcohol wines.

No alcohol wine is a “niche within a niche” but a growing opportunity for New Zealand wine companies, says New Zealand Lighter Wines manager Dr David Jordan.

Students of Te Pā Wānanga perform at the research winery opening. Photo: Richard Briggs.

A new research winery in the heart of New Zealand’s vine country will be a “drawcard” for international researchers, says MJ Loza.

A blind tasting of 48 2018 Syrahs from around New Zealand showed the country’s best can compare with their Rhône counterparts, says Maxime Cavey of Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers.

A new research project will help inform vineyard recovery strategies following hail, after three separate events hit New Zealand vineyards last spring.

Cellar door staff can learn a lot from a little undercover shopping, says Brent Pilcher, Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ National Brand Homes Manager.

The small, intense berries of Marlborough’s 2019 Pinot Noir vintage were a blessing for some and a blow for others.

Two PhD students from Victoria University have developed a machine that could change the face of winemaking in New Zealand.

Two hundred years ago, the very first grape vines were planted into New Zealand soils by Reverend Samuel Marsden at the Church Mission Society in Kerikeri.

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