Our people, Our stories

The great stories and people that make up the New Zealand wine industry.


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  • 20 Apr 2021

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • 27 Feb 2021
    North Canterbury

    Mike Weersing: Life at the cultivatable limits

    The Californian-born winegrower spent 24 years in Aotearoa, and he will be remembered as one of the country’s true champions of terroir, a courageous explorer of how this could be most clearly transmitted, and the maker of meaningful wines.

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