Press Releases

Looking for a story? Recent press releases issued by New Zealand Winegrowers can be found here.

  • 16 Aug 2017

    Wine industry opens its doors to 24% of NZ's international tourists

    Touring New Zealand’s stunning wineries and vineyards has become a huge drawcard for visitors - with 24% of international holidaymakers making it part of their itinerary.

    Now New Zealand Winegrowers has made it even easier for tourists to explore wineries by adding a wine tourism section to their website:, showcasing over 450 wine experiences. 

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  • 03 Aug 2017

    New Zealand Winegrowers aware of investigation into alleged Wine Act breach

    New Zealand Winegrowers has been advised that MPI has laid charges against Southern Boundary Wines Limited, former directors Andrew Moore and Scott Berry, and winemaker Rebecca Cope, alleging breaches of the Wine Act and the Crimes Act. Download the file for the full release.

  • 01 Aug 2017

    2017 Bragato Wine Awards to be a single vineyard wine competition

    A 13 strong judging team is gearing up to review over 500 wines entered in this year’s Bragato Wine Awards. The twist on this year’s Awards is that all wines entered must be single vineyard wines, a first in the competition’s 23 year history.

  • 27 Jul 2017

    Better protection for New Zealand wine regions is on the way

    The identity of 18 New Zealand wine regions can now be better protected thanks to the New Zealand Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act, which came into force today. Download the fill for the full release.

  • 26 Jun 2017

    New Chair of Judges for 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

    New Zealand’s premier wine competition, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, has a new Chair of Judges for 2017. Warren Gibson, chief winemaker at Trinity Hill and proprietor of Bilancia in the Hawke’s Bay, takes over the helm from Kumeu River’s Michael Brajkovich, who served as Chair of Judges from 2011 to 2016. Download the file for the full release.

  • 12 Jun 2017

    Smaller New Zealand wine vintage is full of promise

    The 2017 grape harvest has come in smaller than expected according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

    The 2017 Vintage Survey shows the harvest totalled 396,000 tonnes, down 9% on last year said Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers.

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  • 31 May 2017

    Wine Industry signs GIA Deed for biosecurity readiness and response

    New Zealand Winegrowers CEO, Philip Gregan, signed the Government-Industry Agreement (GIA) deed for biosecurity readiness and response on behalf of the wine industry yesterday afternoon in Wellington. Download the file for the full release.

  • 22 May 2017

    Hawke’s Bay to host 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

    Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s second largest wine region, will play host to the 31st Air New Zealand Wine Awards this November.

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  • 11 May 2017

    Wine industry welcomes TPP ratification

    New Zealand Winegrowers warmly welcomes the government’s announcement of the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

    The future growth of our industry is bound up in having free and fair access into major export markets, said Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers. 

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  • 03 May 2017

    Wine exports to the USA surpass $500 million for the first time

    The latest data from Statistics New Zealand show wine exports to the USA have surpassed $500 million for the first time, up 11% in the last year. 

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