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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.

  • 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.

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