Holly West. Photo by Richard Brimer.

"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.

Jake Tipler

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.

Rebecca Allen

In six years, Rebecca Allen has transitioned from being a lab technician to director and owner of Pacific Rim Oenology Services Ltd.

Kevyn Moore

A wine industry stalwart who devoted decades of his life to recording and sharing the history of Romeo Bragato, will be remembered for all he did for New Zealand wine.

Diana Dobson

The unstoppable Diana Dobson - Aviary Manager of the Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust - received a Queen’s Service Medal for services to wildlife conservation in June.

Claire Mulholland

Hard workand a deep appreciation for the land have underpinned Claire Mulholland’s career and life. Raised on a 1,000-hectare farm in Maniototo, Central Otago, Claire recognised the importance of those traits at an early age.

Romy Moukarzel

Romy Moukarzel grew up Beqaa Valley, Lebanon's largest wine producing region and home to French cultivars like Cinsault, Carignan and Grenache.

In the lead up to the Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year National Final 2021, we get to know a bit about the regional finalists from around the country.

Wine doesn't have to be fruity and fresh and clean, says Rose Menzies, amidst barrels of bespoke ferments in a small Central Otago winery.

Rob Burley had been working in Australian wine for a few years when he began to feel like "a cog in the wheel".

The best wines wear a unique story of the place they hail from, says Clive Dougall of Deep Down, loyal to the provenance of his wines.

With the effects of Covid-19 still impacting many New Zealand industries, it's imperative the wine sector taps into home-grown business knowledge and support.

Richard Brimer worked his first vintage to save money for a camera, having left school at 15 to do a photography apprenticeship.

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