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  • 06 Jun 2019

    Kirsty Harkness's innovative cover crop

    Kirsty is the first grape grower in New Zealand licensed to grow industrial hemp, thanks to legislation passed in November 2018 allowing the seed to be grown as a food product. As well as extra income, hemp is proving to be an excellent cover crop, attracting insects and nurturing the soil.

  • 30 May 2019
    Gisborne

    Kirsten Searle: Owner and Passionate Vintner

    It takes a lot of gumption to take on a vineyard and wine label that is etched into New Zealand’s wine history. But Kirsten Searle was not phased by the prestige that was associated with the name Matawhero.

  • 26 Apr 2019

    Tuku Māori Winemakers Collective

    Tuku is the world’s first Māori Winemakers Collective, bringing together awarded Māori wine companies based on their shared values of land, family and hospitality.

  • 09 Apr 2019
    Auckland

    Soljans: Five Generations

    Five generations stand behind Soljans Estate Winery. To celebrate the fifth generation joining the family business, Soljans have released a Fifth Generation Series Kumeu Chardonnay.

  • 29 Mar 2019

    Siobhan Wilson

    Meet Siobhan Wilson from Marisco. A passionate wine marketer, Siobhan started her career in the vineyard and transitioned into the office.
    She has worked for Montana, Lion Breweries and is one of the key people responsible for making The Ned into one of New Zealand’s most popular millennial brands.

  • 20 Mar 2019

    Erica Crawford

    Erica Crawford is the founder and CEO of Loveblock Wine. Originally from South Africa, she is an industry legend, founder of one of New Zealand’s biggest export brands.  Her career in the wine industry was quite by accident, she began working as a medical research scientist in Cape Town until she attended a wine festival and met a kiwi called Kim.

  • 13 Mar 2019

    Katie Bruce: Generation Y-ine

    Katie, the 17-year-old vineyard hand, graduated from the New Zealand School of Winegrowing last year, the only Marlborough Girls’ College student in the first intake and a brilliant poster child for the initiative.

  • 05 Mar 2019

    Jen Parr

    Originally from Oregon, Jen Parr, winemaker at Valli Vineyards, now calls Central Otago her home. Like many people in the wine industry, her career did not follow a straight path. She began in financial software sales and is now an award-winning winemaker and recent finalist in the Gourmet Traveller NZ Winemaker of the Year award.

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