Gisborne grape grower John Clarke has been elected chair of New Zealand Winegrowers.
Mr Clarke has more than 40 years’ experience in the grape and wine industry. A former Gisborne mayor, he has previously served for 10 years as the chairman of Gisborne Winegrowers and joined the New Zealand Winegrowers Board in 2006. He has been deputy chair since 2012.
“New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Chile today for the contribution it will make to a strong New Zealand economy,” says Philip Gregan, Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Winegrowers.
An economic report, released today, says if the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) establishes in New Zealand it would dramatically impact New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP) as well as export revenues from horticulture.
Women in Wine events around the country are being met with enthusiasm by the New Zealand wine industry.
To date regional events have been held in Central Otago and Canterbury as part of the Women in Wine national initiative, instigated by New Zealand Winegrowers in August 2017. Other regions are poised to launch events over the coming months.
New Zealand wine exports will receive a boost following the imminent signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). New Zealand Winegrowers warmly welcomes the news that the 11 nations negotiating the CPTPP have completed talks and are set to sign the agreement in Chile on 8 March.
A Marlborough Chardonnay has won the top prize at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
The Isabel Chardonnay Marlborough 2016 won the prestigious Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show trophy, as well as the Rabobank Champion Chardonnay trophy, at an Art Deco inspired awards dinner in Hawke’s Bay last night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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.