Simon Gourley. Photo: Kate Roberg Photography.

For the second year running an emerging leader from Central Otago has taken out the national title of Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year.

 
A BMSB crawls up a mirror in the hotel room.

New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) was part of a small delegation that recently visited the beautiful country of Georgia, in the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia.

 
Marketing and Communications Consultant Joanna Glover. Photo: Jessica Jones Photography.

Humans are supposed to be the most intelligent species on the planet. How then do you explain that the average human attention span is only eight seconds?

This is the Bubas bison, the dung beetle Shaun Forgie recommends for vineyards.

What is less than two centimetres long, loves to work during winter, has a hunger for animal poo and could be handy for grape growers?

Robyn O’Brien.

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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.

Initially established as an inhouse programme by Lion New Zealand, Alcohol&Me is now reaching nearly 30,000 New Zealanders.

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.

It was a first for New Zealand winegrowers, and an impressive welcome to overseas visitors.

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.

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.

Since June 2018, New Zealand has been negotiating a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU).

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