Press Releases

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

  • 01 Sep 2017

    Wine industry recognises viticultural excellence at 2017 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards

    A Cabernet Franc from Canterbury has come out on top at this year’s Bragato Wine Awards. Grown by Lindsay Hill, in the Waipara West vineyard located in Canterbury, The Boneline Cabernet Franc 2016 won the coveted Bragato Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show.  The wine also picked up the O-I New Zealand Trophy for Champion Emerging Red Wine. Download the file for the full release.

  • 29 Aug 2017

    Women in Wine NZ launch event sold out

    The first New Zealand Winegrowers’ Women in Wine NZ event, sponsored by Plant and Food Research, has drawn a capacity crowd with all 165 tickets snapped up.  Tonight’s event at the ASB Theatre in Blenheim, marks the official launch of the Women in Wine NZ initiative.

  • 28 Aug 2017

    Wine exports reach record high

    The export value of New Zealand wine has reached a record high according to the 2017 Annual Report of New Zealand Winegrowers. Now valued at $1.66 billion, up 6% in June year end 2017, wine now stands as New Zealand’s fifth largest goods export. Download the file for the full release.

  • 25 Aug 2017

    Scholarship open to New Zealand sommeliers for the first time

    The New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship is open to New Zealand applicants for the first time, offering local sommeliers the opportunity to take part in a memorable wine experience with their international peers. Download the file for the full release.

  • 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. Download the file for the full release.

  • 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. Download the file for the full release.

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