NZ Winegrower

  • Emerging risk: Fall armyworm is on our doorstep
    on 28 December, 2020

    Spodoptera frugiperda, otherwise known as the highly invasive plant pest fall armyworm, arrived in northern Australia early this year and has spread rapidly around the country since.   Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of north and central America, it has invaded more than 60 other […]

  • Fifteen years of Young Vits
    on 22 December, 2020

    Competing in the New Zealand Young Viticulturist of the Year competition is all about escaping your comfort zone, says the first ever winner. Marcus Wickham took the title at the inaugural competition in 2006, and says entering put him on a pathway to success. “As soon as you enter you start to […]

  • Helping after wildfires
    on 15 December, 2020

    Hill Laboratories is providing support to the US wine industry by testing samples from grape growers and wineries in the wake of west coast wildfires. The New Zealand company has been subcontracted by ETS Laboratories - the largest independent wine lab in the US - to test samples from American […]

  • Smell the Rosés
    on 10 December, 2020

    New Zealand’s wine industry has only “scratched the surface” of Rosé’s possibilities, says Wither Hills Winemaker Patricia Miranda-Taylor.   “That’s why it’s so important to do trials - so we can know what we can achieve.” Patricia was one of the speakers at November’s New […]

  • Light on their feet
    on 9 December, 2020

    “Betterment is here to stay,” says Constellation’s Asia-Pacific Vice President of Commercial Development Rowan Dean. In the past six months, Constellation’s New Zealand arm has released seven new lower or ‘zero’ alcohol wines, adding to the 15 lighter wines they already had on the […]

  • Leading Light
    on 7 December, 2020

    New Zealand’s Lighter Wines category owes a lot to Dr John Forrest’s stubborn streak. The Marlborough-based founder of Forrest Estate was on a South Island sales trip 14 years ago, when he noticed a keen interest in the 8.5 percent alcohol content of his first ever Doctors’ Riesling. […]

  • The light stuff
    on 7 December, 2020

    Perfect timing for lighter wines programme. The world’s appetite for wellbeing has never been stronger, as Covid-19 accelerates an already swift momentum, says New Zealand Lighter Wines Manager Dr David Jordan. “The shift to moderating alcohol consumption is very real and much more rapid than […]

  • Still taking the world by storm
    on 6 December, 2020

    The growth of New Zealand’s wine industry is “staggering”, says one of the country’s first exporters of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. “It’s just amazing and basically based on one variety,” says Jane Hunter, who recalls being warned in the 1980s that Marlborough’s Sauvignon success […]

  • Vibrant at Valli
    on 6 December, 2020

    “Going into lockdown we were all thinking that we wouldn’t have jobs,” says Valli’s owner and winemaker Grant Taylor. But 10 months on, the “exact opposite” has been true, with Central Otago bustling with visitors and vitality, and Valli’s sales burgeoning there and beyond, he says. […]

  • $2b or not $2b
    on 3 December, 2020

    New Zealand's extraordinary export story. If you’re partial to a glass half full, then the story of New Zealand wine in a global pandemic is certainly one to savour. Exports from July to October are up 19 percent on the same period last year, and New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) Chief Executive […]



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