An unusual and unsettled summer has been the theme for many of the growing regions across New Zealand.
Marlborough grape growers enjoyed a leap in yields and profits for the 2020 season, despite the complications of a Covid-19 harvest.
Native plantings trialled under Villa Maria vines have yielded good results, despite dry conditions and destructive rabbits.
With a backdrop of COVID-19, this has been a harvest like no other.
Hawke’s Bay celebrated its inaugural biodiversity field day in early February, with grower Xan Harding leading a posse of viticulturist utes on a tiki tour around the wider Bridge Pa area.
When Anthonius and Leonarda Ham emigrated to New Zealand from the Netherlands in the 1960s, there were probably no thoughts of establishing a wine business.
A 19-year soil monitoring programme in Marlborough is showing viticultural use is leading to more compact soils, increased nutrient loss and a decrease in organic matter.
Winegrowers in Central Otago are embracing organic practices at a rate that “punches above their weight”.
In the first Sommeliers Choice Awards held in the US, a Marlborough winery gained medals for every single wine they entered in the competition.
Since graduating from Lincoln University in 2004, Central Otago viticulturist Nick Paulin has been on a steep upward trajectory.
The summer of 2019 is not the first time Marlborough has suffered from a big dry.
It’s high in price, small in production and set to grow following high quality grapes from the 2018 vintage.
Te Hera Estate Vineyard is small by anyone’s standards and its output is destined to become even smaller this year after a spring frost wiped out approximately half of its potential grapes for the 2019 vintage.
Central Otago grape growers and orchardists will continue to face labour shortages at critical times like harvest, if the region can’t provide enough accommodation for seasonal workers.
The Central Otago wine industry may have “dodged a bullet” with a record long and severe early season October frost, says acting Central Otago Winegrowers Association chairman James Dicey.
Following the Kaikoura earthquake two years ago, the people impact was the greatest priority for the Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ management team.
Getting involved in the burgeoning Central Otago wine industry and putting his hand up to contribute seemed the most natural thing in the world, says Duncan Forsyth.
Passionate about Central Otago’s wines and environment, American-born proprietor Rhonda Lloyd’s vision has fuelled a unique vineyard and environmental restoration project at Northburn, as Jean Grierson discovers.
Recent additions to the Nelson wine region are Nick Candy and Laura Tinnelly (hence “Tincan”) with Tincan Wines.
When Yannick Fourbet arrived last summer with his Kiwi wife Philippa and twin boys, Augustin and Mortimer, to start a new life in Central Otago, he brought with him no less than a container-load of beautiful Anduze pots.
Water, water everywhere is becoming the catch cry of vineyard owners in Marlborough, given one of the wettest eight-month periods recorded in 30 years.
Nearly one year on from a rocky start, the Craggy Range Te Mata walking track saga appears to be on the way to completion.
The Sleepers Vineyard in Kekerengu is the backdrop for the movie written and directed by Casey Zilbert.
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