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  • 22 Jul 2021

    Generation Y-ine: Ellie Hobbs

    Growing up in Auckland's Point Chevalier meant Ellie Hobbs lived closer to beaches than vineyards. Wine was not a particularly big part of family life, but the 24-year-old had always had a passion for food and a good sense of smell.

  • 06 Jul 2021
    Central Otago

    Māori Point: Doctors of Winegrowing

    Swapping microscopes in the neuroscience lab for microscopes in the barrel hall was not exactly a considered pathway for Dr John Harris and Dr Marilyn Duxson.

  • 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

    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

    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


    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.

  • 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.

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