Sam Rouse is the first ever recipient of the Gourmet Traveller Wine Young New Zealand Winemaker of the Year award, open to those under 35.
Pinot Noir was bigger than Texas in the minds of Martinborough Vineyard's founders when Larry McKenna arrived in 1985 to be the winemaker and 20% shareholder.
When I spoke to Dr Wendy Parr recently, she was enjoying wonderful late autumn weather on the limestone hills above Port Tarakohe in Golden Bay.
When Marisco Vineyards Winemaker Emma Marris heads overseas with her family's wine this year, she'll take a "feeling of true legacy" with her, just as her father did 30 years ago.
The year Edward Donaldson was born, his parents planted one of the South Island's first vineyards, with a "fruit salad bowl of varieties" in Halswell.
Tyler and Amber Soljan were just five years old when they stepped into a bin full of grapes, and into five generations of family tradition.
When the youngest generation of the Spy Valley Wines' founding family were little, a tractor ride was a popular before-school thrill, and vineyard-fresh grapes a delicious snack.
Many microorganisms, especially bacteria, have a bad reputation because of their associations with diseases, says Damola Adejoro.
When Mission Winemaker Brother Stuart Cuttance, known to the industry as Brother John, died on 24 December last year, New Zealand lost one of its pioneering winemakers.
"I definitely feel that I'm growing," notes Nicholas Brown, when asked to reflect on his two-decade winemaking career, with the past 15 years at North Canterbury's Black Estate.
Vintage 2022 is underway as Nat Christensen calls from a warm and windy Marlborough in mid-March.
In a freshly developed central Hawke's Bay vineyard, gazing over an expanse of one-year-old vines he helped plant, Sam Bain has high hopes for the fruit it will bear.
PhD student Minoo Mohajer won Lincoln University's Three-Minute thesis (3MT) research presentation last year, for her engaging presentation on improving the yield and quality of wine by promoting vine balance. She went on to reach the semi-finals in the Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition in September. In this PhD Precis, we take three minutes with Minoo.
Georgia Mehlhopt has taken a unique pathway into the wine industry.
It’s 35 years since Roger Parkinson planted vines in Martinborough and this year he celebrates three decades as winemaker at Nga Waka. But it began in Paris, he tells Joelle Thomson.
It's been 10 years since the Christchurch earthquake forced Celia Hay out of her food and wine business in the city, and 2021 was another challenging year.
Kim and Graham Gilkison were fishing in Northland in 2018 when inspiration flitted past.
Joe Babich was on track to become a pharmacist, when he defied his mother's wishes and joined New Zealand's nascent wine industry instead.
"As soon as I entered this industry, I felt like I belonged," says Holly West, who started working weekends at Matua's cellar door during her final year of high school.
From the wildflowers rolling down its slopes, to the limestone and clay entwined beneath its vines, it's easy to see why Huw Kinch is smitten with Pyramid Valley.
Jake Tipler's wine tourism business took him to every corner of Central Otago's wine industry, celebrating people and place, until Covid-19 desimated his client base.
A couple of Marlborough renegades are rethinking the way we're drinking, to crush the carbon footprint of wine.
Erica Crawford has taken some knocks over 25 years in the wine business, but she's emerged stronger each time.
Andy Frost has spent nearly 40 years weaving science and research into the practical business of growing and making wine, with groundbreaking consequences for the wine industry.
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