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  • 10 Dec 2020
    Central Otago

    Ben Tombs: Young Winemaker of the Year

    Ben Tombs grew up surrounded by Marlborough vines, but says his career in wine began “purely by luck”. After finishing high school and planning a ‘gap’ year before university, Ben saw an ad in the local paper for a vintage cellar hand role at Wither Hills.

  • 18 Dec 2020

    Borough Wines

    Borough Wine has hit store shelves in time for Christmas with 100% of the proceeds invested in Graeme Dingle Marlborough programmes. It's a collaboration of generous Marlborough grape growers, Lion New Zealand (winemaking and marketing), and the industry’s supply chain.

  • 26 Nov 2020
    Central Otago

    Felton Road's bold business plan

    Felton Road is one of the legendary names in New Zealand wine. Since the first vintage in 1997, the brand has acquired a formidable worldwide reputation for their Pinot Noir.

  • 26 Nov 2020

    Seifried Estate: Labour of love

    Seifried Estate was established by Hermann and Agnes Seifried when they planted their first vineyard in Upper Moutere in 1973.

  • 24 Nov 2020
    North Canterbury

    Women in Wine: Penelope Naish

    When she was younger, all Penelope Naish wanted was a job in the city. But while her husband was working a vintage in Italy, she had an epiphany around rural living. After returning to New Zealand, she jumped on her parents’ idea of co-investing in some land and Black Estate wines was founded.

  • 19 Nov 2020

    Forty years pairing wine and conservation at Ata Rangi

    Balancing a life of wine with a passion for conservation comes naturally to Ata Rangi’s Clive Paton, who spends mornings at his Martinborough winery and afternoons in his native forest

  • 02 Nov 2020

    A career in stainless steel has proved the real deal

    When Ash Linklater left school at 16 to become an apprentice, his mates considered him “a drop out” and continued their route to university. Fourteen years later he’s running a successful business, owns his own house and truck, and loves every day of work.

  • 19 Oct 2020

    Kōparepare: gifting back to our oceans

    Whitehaven Wines has relaunched the Kōparepare range to support LegaSea, a non-profit organisation that works tirelessly to protect and restore New Zealand’s coastal fisheries

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