Our people, Our stories

The great news and people that are part of the New Zealand wine industry.

 

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  • Hawke's Bay

    Three Fates Wine: three women spinning their own fortunes

    It takes pluck to start a wine company in the wake of Covid-19. But three women under 30 have done just that, starting Three Fates Wine in Hawke’s Bay.

  • 15 Jun 2021
    Wairarapa

    On Giants' Shoulders: Paying homage to place, people and Pinot

    Gabrielle and Braden Crosby are On Giants’ Shoulders. The evocative name describes how they feel about making wine from a vineyard in Martinborough that has long been regarded as one of the best sites for Pinot Noir in the region.

  • 31 May 2021

    Scout Wines: Scouting a new way forward

    Scout sources fruit from two wine territories – the South Island and South Australia - to create small batch wines. The brand was created by a winemaking couple who grew up on opposite sides of the ditch, and were brought together by their passion for wine.

  • 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.

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