Larry McKenna

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.

Brent and Emma Marris.

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.

From left, Mike, Mat, Chris, Ivan, Paul, Ed and Belinda Donaldson.

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.

Amber, Tyler and Tony Soljan

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.

From left, Max, Amanda, Bryan, Amy and Henry

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.

Damola Adejoro

Many microorganisms, especially bacteria, have a bad reputation because of their associations with diseases, says Damola Adejoro.

Pen Naish and Nicholas Brown

"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.

Minoo Mohajer

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.

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.

"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'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.

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