Press Releases

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

  • New 29 Sep 2017

    Sweet success for New Zealand wine

    Results released today show New Zealand wines have triumphed at the prestigious UK-based International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC). New Zealand scooped not only the show’s top Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc Trophies, but a slew of top medals that included a record number of dessert wines.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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: nzwine.com/visit, showcasing over 450 wine experiences. 

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  • 10 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 24 Mar 2017

    New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes government’s trade policy

    New Zealand Winegrowers has warmly welcomed today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of the government’s new vision for trade strategy outlined in Trade Agenda 2030.

  • 09 Mar 2017

    New Zealand now top 3 wine import into USA by value

    The value of New Zealand wine imported into the US has grown significantly in the past 12 months according to a recent Gomberg Fredrikson Report.

  • 10 Feb 2017

    New Zealand Winegrowers releases first Sustainability Report

    New Zealand Winegrowers has released the first ever report on the wine sector’s achievements in sustainability. The Report presents data collected from vineyard and winery members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand – one of the first and world-leading sustainability programmes in the international wine sector.

  • 28 Jan 2017

    New Zealand wine exports reach record $1.5 billion high

    New Zealand wine exports have reached a new record high of $1.54 billion for the 2015 year, up 14% on 2014 according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

  • 24 Jan 2017

    New Zealand to be showcased as a world-class wine producer

    New Zealand is under the spotlight as a world-class wine producer over the next two weeks with an influx of international media and wine trade arriving to attend a series of events that will showcase the country’s diverse regions and wine styles.

  • 12 Jan 2017

    Pinot Noir NZ 2017 attracts global wine industry leaders to Wellington this month

    An astounding selection of global wine imbibers and influencers will descend on the nation’s capital this month for New Zealand’s most significant wine event, Pinot Noir NZ 2017.

  • 16 Dec 2016

    New Zealand wine industry loses stalwart Ivan Selak

    New Zealand wine industry stalwart Ivan Selak lost his battle with cancer this week aged 67.

  • 09 Dec 2016

    Pinot Noir NZ 2017 Sold Out

    The sold out sign has gone up on one of New Zealand’s most significant wine events: Pinot Noir NZ 2017. The celebration, which attracts the world’s greatest wine minds and palates to Wellington from 31st January until 2nd February 2017, is at capacity with over 600 tickets snapped up.

  • 02 Dec 2016

    Pinot Noir NZ announces impressive culinary programme

    With just 60 days until New Zealand’s most significant wine event - Pinot Noir NZ 2017, the lid has been lifted on an all-star line-up of kiwi chefs putting food on the table alongside world class New Zealand wines.

  • 29 Nov 2016

    New Zealand wine industry plans for Vintage 2017 after Kaikoura Earthquake

    The New Zealand wine industry is busy planning for the up-coming vintage after taking into account the impact of the recent Kaikoura earthquake.

  • 24 Nov 2016

    New Zealand’s sustainable wine production takes centre stage in LA

    New Zealand Winegrowers’ Sustainable Because video has received three category nominations at this year’s Annual Taste Awards in Los Angeles, California.

  • 23 Nov 2016

    New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes increase in seasonal workers

    New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes the increase in the number of seasonal workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme announced by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today.

  • 18 Nov 2016

    Earthquake Impact - Wineries Open for Business

    This week’s earthquakes were widely felt throughout both the South and North Islands. Marlborough and North Canterbury vineyards and wineries were affected with some reports of broken bottles and damaged tanks which is what you would expect in an earthquake of this size.

  • 17 Nov 2016

    Wine industry welcomes new legislation

    News of the passing of the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill in parliament last night has been welcomed by New Zealand Winegrowers.

  • 14 Nov 2016

    Wineries in clean-up mode

    Marlborough and North Canterbury wineries are now cleaning up after last night’s and today’s earthquakes according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

  • 13 Nov 2016

    Central Otago Pinot Noir takes top spot at 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards

    A Central Otago Pinot Noir won the top prize at the 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre last night.

  • 26 Oct 2016

    Gold medals announced for 2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

    Following three days of judging over 1,400 wines, 91 gold medals have been awarded in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

  • 26 Oct 2016

    Regional research institute for New Zealand wine industry secures Government investment

    New Zealand Winegrowers’ proposal to establish a new wine industry research institute in Marlborough is being backed by Government. Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has confirmed today that the wine research institute is part of an initiative by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to support innovation in the regions.

  • 14 Oct 2016

    Judging starts next week for 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards

    Judging for the country’s premier wine competition kicks off on Monday in Auckland, signalling the beginning of an intense three days of selecting New Zealand’s top drops for 2016.

  • 29 Sep 2016

    NZ wine industry to benefit from $6 million in Government research funding

    $6 million has been secured to fund the research and development of a new tool to assist New Zealand’s wine industry with better grape yield forecasting. Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce recently announced that the initiative will be funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) 2016 Endeavour Fund.

  • 27 Sep 2016

    Diversity of New Zealand wine rewarded at international competition

    Results released today by one of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions are a testament to the rising quality and diversity of New Zealand wines.

  • 08 Sep 2016

    New Zealand Winegrowers 2017 Sommit scholarship recipients announced

    New Zealand Winegrowers and Sommeliers Australia have today announced the names of ten successful sommeliers who have been chosen to participate in the 2017 Sommit Scholarship.

  • 07 Sep 2016

    Pinot Noir NZ and Pinot Palooza set to join forces in Wellington

    Pinot Noir NZ are joining forces with Bottle Shop Concepts to deliver the largest and most exciting Pinot Noir tasting Wellington has ever seen.

  • 06 Sep 2016

    International judges announced for 2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

    Two highly respected international wine personalities will be joining this year’s judging panel for the country’s premier wine competition, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

  • 31 Aug 2016

    Wine Tourism boosted by Auckland Airport grant

    Auckland Airport today announced their support for New Zealand wine tourism by awarding a $50,000 grant to the New Zealand Wine Pure Discovery Project.

  • 23 Aug 2016

    Wine industry converge in Marlborough

    Around 500 grape growers, winemakers, and industry leaders will converge in Marlborough this week to learn, discuss and network at the wine industry’s annual Romeo Bragato Conference.

  • 09 Aug 2016

    Judges gearing up for Bragato Wine Awards 2016

    A 13 strong judging team , including international judges Andrea Frost and Nick Ryan, is gearing up to judge over 600 entries for this year’s Bragato Wine Awards in Auckland on 16 and 17 August.

  • 14 Jul 2016

    New Zealand Winegrowers launches independent retail promotion for NZ Pinot Noir

    New Zealand Winegrowers are offering independent UK retailers the chance to win one of two amazing trips to Pinot Noir NZ 2017 (pinot.co.nz), described as “the best Pinot Noir event on the planet.”

  • 20 Jun 2016

    Strong 2016 New Zealand wine vintage supports export growth

    The 2016 New Zealand grape harvest has finished, with high quality fruit being picked across the country. Producers benefited from excellent summer and early autumn weather in grape growing regions, enabling full ripening and flavour development.

  • 19 May 2016

    New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes modernisation of Customs and Excise regime

    New Zealand Winegrowers has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister of Customs of the modernisation of New Zealand’s Customs and Excise legislation.

  • 03 May 2016

    Which NZ Sauv will you be drinking on International #SauvBlanc Day

    International wine lovers will celebrate Sauvignon Blanc by marking the 7th annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 6. Festivities will kick off in New Zealand and continue around the globe, following the sun.

  • 04 Apr 2016

    What are you doing to celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day?

    Festivities celebrating the seventh annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day will kick off on Friday May 6 in New Zealand, home to some of the world’s most coveted Sauvignon Blanc wines, before continuing around the globe, following the sun.

  • 27 Feb 2016

    Wine industry global influencers to speak at international celebration

    A selection of the crème de la crème of the international wine world will be presenting at the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, held in Marlborough from 1-3 February.

  • 17 Feb 2016

    Tool frontman heads down under to Pinot Noir NZ 2017

    Lead singer and lyricist for alternative metal and art-rock acts Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle, and winemaker, America’s Maynard James Keenan (MJK) is heading to Pinot Noir NZ 2017.

  • 20 Jan 2016

    Chardonnay and Sparkling the stars of Gisborne wine symposium

    Gisborne will play host to some of the world’s top writers and influencers at New Zealand’s first Chardonnay and Sparkling wine symposium this February.

  • 11 Jan 2016

    Spotlight on regional and stylistic diversity at International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration

    Over 300 guests will descend on Marlborough in early February to take part in the first ever International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration. Delegates from 18 countries will hear from some of the world’s most renowned wine writers and educators, and have the opportunity to taste over 400 wines from 1-3 February 2016.

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