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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 15 Apr 2021

    Sauvignon Stories: Ivan Sutherland

    Ivan Sutherland is an Olympic medallist and also one of the early pioneers of the Marlborough wine region. He and his wife Margaret purchased their vineyard in the late 1970s as Sauvignon Blanc was being discovered.

  • 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.

  • 23 Mar 2021
    Marlborough

    Success in Succession: Bladen

    Christine and Dave Macdonald admit it was a romantic whim to name Bladen for their children Blair and Deni.

  • 12 Mar 2021
    Marlborough

    Dog Point: Giving up the driver's seat

    There was never any pressure nor expectation the Sutherland children would join parents Ivan and Margaret in Dog Point Vineyards.

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