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  • 03 Aug 2022

    Pioneers of the New Zealand Wine Industry

    The Roll of Fellows of New Zealand Winegrowers recognises those who have contributed substantially to the New Zealand wine industry. Whether it be through research, innovation or sustainability, their invaluable efforts and unwavering dedication have helped our industry grow and prosper.

  • 02 Aug 2022

    Dominic Pecchenino: Pioneer of grape industry research

    Dominic Pecchenino, originally from the USA, is a Marlborough based grape grower and consultant, who has served industry organisations for more than two decades, during which time he has had a particular focus on research.

  • 02 Aug 2022

    Phyll Pattie and Clive Paton: Champions of Pinot Noir

    Phyll Pattie and Clive Paton are business and life partners who have made an immense contribution to Pinot Noir, Martinborough and sustainability in the industry.

  • 02 Aug 2022

    Chris Howell: Passionately serving the industry

    Chris Howell, a Hawke’s Bay based grower has passionately served New Zealand grape and wine industry organisations for 30 years, first at regional level and then nationally.

  • 02 Aug 2022

    Jim and Rosemari Delegat: Industry architects

    Jim and Rose Delegat, a brother and sister combination, have built one of New Zealand’s most successful wine businesses through a lifetime’s involvement in the New Zealand wine industry.

  • 17 Feb 2022

    New Vintage: Georgia Mehlhopt

    Law graduate Georgia Mehlhopt had been an emergency communicator, but hiking the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain sent her on a new career path. These days, Georgia is working as a Viticultural Technician for Accolade Wines but will start a Cellar Hand role for vintage at Greystone in March. “I’m very torn between the vineyard and winery, I love both aspects of it.”

  • 03 Feb 2022

    Joe Babich: A giant of New Zealand's wine industry

    Joe Babich was on track to become pharmacist, when he defied his mother’s wishes and joined New Zealand’s nascent wine industry instead.

  • 28 Jan 2022

    Sam Bain: At the top of his field

    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.

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