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  • 18 May 2021
    Marlborough

    United Borough: good wines from a vinous village

    Created by the community and sold for charity, Borough brings new meaning to 'good' wine.

  • 11 May 2021
    North Canterbury

    27Seconds

    On a small vineyard in a quiet valley, a young couple is growing hope. Pete and Alanna Chapman’s wine label 27seconds has donated all its profits - $47,000 over the past three years – to Hagar New Zealand.

  • 03 May 2021

    Sophie Parker-Thomson on Sauvignon

    Sophie Parker-Thomson is co-founder and manager of Blank Canvas wines and New Zealand’s newest Master of Wine. In celebration of Sauvignon Blanc Day, we asked her about what opportunities and challenges lie ahead for New Zealand wine and Sauvignon Blanc.

  • 04 May 2021
    Marlborough, Story

    Sauvignon Stories: Kevin Judd

    Born in England and raised in Australia, Kevin Judd attended Roseworthy Agricultural College in Adelaide, earning a degree in oenology. After working in New Zealand for three years, in 1984 he met David Hohnen, who wanted Kevin to be his winemaker for a new company being established. That company, was Cloudy Bay, and the rest they say, is history.

  • 28 Apr 2021
    Auckland

    Sauvignon stories: the Spence brothers

    Bill and Ross Spence came from generations of winemakers. Wine was part of their early life, and they founded Matua in 1974 with a vision to revolutionise the New Zealand wine industry.

  • 20 Apr 2021
    Gisborne

    Wrights Vineyard & Winery: biodiversity and community

    Wrights Vineyard and Winery is based in Gisborne and produces certified organic, biodynamic wines. The husband-and-wife team of Geoff and Nicola Wright are passionate about creating wines in an ethical and environmentally friendly way.

  • 16 Apr 2021
    North Canterbury

    A balancing act at Bell Hill

    If Sherwyn Veldhuizen didn't love her day job so much, the North Canterbury winegrower might spend all of her time farming fungi.

  • 30 Mar 2021

    Organic succession of Millton Vineyards

    “We have an expression that unless you have dirt under your fingernails, you’ll never know how to grow a vine,” says James Millton from his eponymous Gisborne vineyard.

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