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Sir George Fistonich steps down as Villa Maria CEO after 55 years

Published:  14 February, 2018

Top New Zealand winery Villa Maria has a new CEO.

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Q&A: Chris Yorke, global marketing director, New Zealand Wine Growers

Published:  19 January, 2018

As NZ continues to deliver strong premium growth in the UK, Andrew Catchpole asks Chris Yorke about the challenges of keeping up the momentum.

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Babich among new additions to Berkmann’s Antipodean range

Published:  12 January, 2018

Leading New Zealand winery Babich has joined the Berkmann Wine Cellars portfolio, along with the Unico Zelo and Harvest labels and Woodlands winery from Australian.

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Liberty Wines bolsters NZ with Marlborough addition

Published:  04 January, 2018

Liberty Wines is bolstering its already strong New Zealand collection in order to keep in step with the continued popularity of Marlborough sauvignon blanc.

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Schaafsma says major Oz distribution deal makes Broadland "relevant" for the future

Published:  11 December, 2017

Broadland Wineries is aiming to become a one-stop shop for antipodean wines thanks to a new major distribution deal which will see them partner with Australia’s biggest bulk wine supplier.

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New features and venue for annual NZ tasting

Published:  22 November, 2017

The New Zealand Winegrowers is to hold its Annual Trade Tasting in January at a new venue with a range of new features.

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The Pinot Noir Alliance announces first session

Published:  18 September, 2017

Five producers from some of the world’s most famous Pinot Noir producing regions are teaming up to promote the variety worldwide.

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Elephant Hill aims to strengthen UK presence via Corney & Barrow link

Published:  14 September, 2017

Hawke’s Bay winery Elephant Hill has joined forces with Corney & Barrow to strengthen its presence in the UK market.

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Scotch whisky applies for GI in New Zealand

Published:  30 August, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has applied for Geographical Indication (GI) status in New Zealand.

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NZ looks to protect quality image as GI Act comes into play

Published:  27 July, 2017

New Zealand’s introduction of its new Geographical Indications Act at midnight on Wednesday 27 July has already prompted a flurry of applications from 18 of the country’s leading wine producing regions.

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New Zealand vintage down 9%

Published:  12 June, 2017

A smaller than expected New Zealand vintage has been forecasted thanks to troublesome weather conditions.

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Ade McKeon joins Accolade Wines as UK and Ireland GM

Published:  08 March, 2017

New World leader Accolade Wines has a new general manager for the UK and Ireland.

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Graham Norton's Convivial deal

Published:  28 February, 2017

Super-supplier Conviviality has taken over the distribution of Graham Norton Wines made by New Zealand producer Invivo, to expand the celebrity-backed wine's reach to the UK

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Record half-year global profits at TWE, but Brexit costs lead to category decline in the UK

Published:  14 February, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is on its way to exceeding its 2016 full-year profit, having reached 75% of last year's full-year profit after tax while only half way through the year.

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FMV to distribute New Zealand's Kusuda Wines in the UK

Published:  25 January, 2017

Boutique New Zealand winery Kusuda Wines has appointed Fields, Morris & Verdin to distribute its wines to the UK on-trade.

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New Zealand Pinot Noir comes of age

Published:  24 January, 2017

At home in the cooler regions of Wairarapa, Nelson, Marlborough, Waipara and Central Otago, Pinot Noir is New Zealand's most important red variety, representing 70% of all red plantings and 15.4% of New Zealand's total vineyard. 

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New Zealand - pushing the premium

Published:  18 January, 2017

Premiumisation is the trend that is sweeping the world globally, with not just beers, wines and spirits, but also FMCGs like milk and beauty products taking the international market by storm according to Nielsen. 

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Regionality and terroir: The battle for New Zealand Pinot Noir

Published:  18 January, 2017

Away from its Burgundian origins, Pinot Noir has found a home from home in the cool climates of New Zealand's Marlborough, Nelson and Wairarapa regions.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  13 January, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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New Zealand Annual Tasting coming to London following 2016 winning streak

Published:  11 January, 2017

Following on from a successful 2016 when New Zealand topped the UK growth charts, the country is now keen to develop its presence in the UK market at its the annual trade tasting in London next week.

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Troy Christensen of Enotria&Coe looks at facing the challenge of 2017

Published:  06 January, 2017

The UK has experienced a long-term period of prosperous on trade growth.

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Wines from New Zealand and Argentina named the biggest winners of 2016

Published:  03 January, 2017

Brits' love of New World wine accelerated in 2016, with New Zealand and Argentina showing the biggest sales growth in the 12 months to November 2016.

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New Zealand's top red export to take centre stage at annual tasting

Published:  05 December, 2016

New Zealand's most famous red grape will be at the forefront of this year's New Zealand annual trade tasting in January.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  02 December, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Damage to tanks will be the biggest cost to Marlborough winemakers following earthquake

Published:  29 November, 2016

Winegrowers in Marlborough have been left with a "big task" to repair tanks, around 20% of which were damaged during November's 14's Kaikoura earthquake.

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New Zealand's "other varieties" under-exploited in the UK

Published:  18 November, 2016

The UK wine trade is well versed in New Zealand's top two exports-Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.

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New Zealand wineries in "clean-up mode" after earthquake rocks South Island

Published:  15 November, 2016

New Zealand wineries are currently cleaning up and assessing the damage caused by a 7.5 earthquake which struck the region of the North Canterbury on the South Island on Monday night.

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Q&A: Rosie Finn, Neudorf Vineyards

Published:  21 October, 2016

New Zealand's Family of Twelve is still coming to terms with the loss of one of its founding members and first chairman, Richard Riddiford, who passed away recently.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  21 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Antipodean wineries lead sustainable energy production with major solar farm installations

Published:  19 October, 2016

Yealands Wine Group has added 918 photovoltaic (PV) panels to its winery roof, making it the largest solar panel system in New Zealand.

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Awatere Valley winemakers challenging the Sauvignon status quo

Published:  06 October, 2016

New Zealand is well known for its crisp and fruity Sauvignon Blancs, but winemakers from Marlborough's Awatere Valley are ripping up the rulebook by incorporating new techniques.

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Family of Twelve pays tribute to "visionary" chairman

Published:  03 October, 2016

A fraternity of twelve of New Zealand's top wineries has said farewell to its first chairman.

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Berkmann Wine Cellars teams up with Marlborough wine producer

Published:  23 September, 2016

Berkmann Wine Cellars will become the exclusive agent in the UK for New Zealand producer, Mahi Wines.

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WSTA in talks with non-EU countries on post-Brexit free-trade agreements

Published:  13 September, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has begun talks with its Australian and New Zealand counterparts about how to ensure the UK remains the beating heart of global drinks industry.

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Pernod Ricard UK pushes NZ via virtual reality tasting and label reboot

Published:  12 September, 2016

Pernod Rocard UK is hoping to accelerate growth in the New Zealand category with new packaging and a multisensory consumer experience for its flagship New Zealand brand.

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Cool climate wines fuel premium growth at Matthew Clark

Published:  30 August, 2016

Leading drinks distributor Matthew Clark has seen an uplift in sales of wines from cool climate regions

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New Zealand wine hits 21st consecutive year of 'significant' growth

Published:  23 August, 2016

In New Zealand Winegrowers' 2016 annual report, the country has achieved yet another year of double digit growth, with exports rising 10% to $1.6bn.

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Graham Norton expands his wine range

Published:  04 August, 2016

Following the tremendous success of his own-label sauvignon blanc, Graham Norton will be expanding production the GN Sauvignon Blanc and will be adding an Australian Shiraz to the range this Autumn.

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Oddbins first to stock wine from Kingsland Drinks' carbonation line

Published:  01 August, 2016

Kingsland Drinks' has found the first listing of its new carbonated wines, having launched a carbonated version of the Shorn range to make the most of the rising demand for sparkling wine.

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New Zealand Winegrowers launch independent retail promotion

Published:  18 July, 2016

Independent retailers can be in with a chance of winning one of two tickets to Pinot Noir NZ 2017 in New Zealand.

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Foley Family Wines added to Negociants UK

Published:  30 June, 2016

Leading Australia and New Zealand importers Negociants UK has been appointed to distribute three New Zealand brands within the Foley Family Wines portfolio - Marlborough based Grove Mill and Frog Haven and Martinborough Vineyard from Martinborough.

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New Zealand's 2016 harvest expected to be 34% larger

Published:  21 June, 2016

As the 2016 harvest draws to a close in New Zealand, growers are reporting an excellent vintage with yields up 34% compared to last year's smaller than average harvest.

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M?ori wine: Indigenous culture conquering the world with non-indigenous grapes

Published:  08 June, 2016

The world's first M?ori-owned wine company has its sights set on breaking into the UK market with a 500-year plan to promote its wines and preserve the land.

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New Zealand Winegrowers extends Sommelier Scholarship to the UK and Ireland

Published:  07 June, 2016

New Zealand Winegrowers is offering three sommeliers from the UK and Ireland the chance to take part in an invite-only sommelier scholarship event in New Zealand.

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No UK range is complete without New Zealand, says Buckingham Schenk

Published:  17 May, 2016

Buckingham Schenk is expanding its international portfolio by adding two New Zealand producers to its repertoire.

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Voters could follow wine-drinkers' lead in EU referendum, says Majestic

Published:  16 May, 2016

Britons' growing taste for New World wines over the Old could be the key to unlocking how consumers will vote in the EU referendum this summer.

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New Zealand's Craggy Range switches to Bibendum PLB

Published:  29 February, 2016

New Zealand premium single-vineyard winery Craggy Range has moved its UK distribution from Louis Latour Agencies to Bibendum PLB.

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Connoisseur Estates to unveil new M?ori winery at SITT

Published:  19 February, 2016

UK wine agency Connoisseur Estates is to launch its latest premium wine signing, New Zealand producer Tohu, at SITT in Manchester and London next week. 

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Invivo expands production with acquisition of historic New Zealand winery

Published:  03 February, 2016

New Zealand winemaker Invivo has secured a long-term lease on a 114-year-old winery originally operated by New Zealand wine pioneer Romeo Bragato.

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New Zealand wine exports hit record high

Published:  28 January, 2016

New Zealand exported a record £696 million-worth of wine in 2015, according to figures from New Zealand Winegrowers released today.

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Gisborne to host New Zealand's first Chardonnay and sparkling wine symposium

Published:  21 January, 2016

New Zealand's first Chardonnay and sparkling wine symposium is to be held this February in Gisborne, in the country's far north east.

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Insights: New Zealand wine styles and varieties diversify

Published:  21 January, 2016

New Zealand Winegrowers hosted the 35th annual trade tasting in London this week and the over 500 wines that were being poured demonstrated how New Zealand wine producers are looking to diversify the styles and varietals that are being exported. While this may be challenge to get consumers to understand some of the newer style Sauvignon Blancs being produced or take some convincing to get people to try a New Zealand red wine, it is an evolution that is exciting and needed for the wine regions within the country.

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Free Run Wines returns to NZ tasting with Selaks Winery

Published:  15 January, 2016

Marlborough-based off-trade supplier Free Run Wines will be exhibiting four wines from New Zealand winery Selaks Wines at the New Zealand Wine Annual Trade Tasting in London on Monday.

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Insights: New Zealand wine no longer just about Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  14 January, 2016

With sales of Sauvignon Blanc dominating the New Zealand category, retailers are encouraging consumers to look at the country's wine offer with a fresh set of eyes.

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Inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration launches in Marlborough

Published:  11 January, 2016

Marlborough in New Zealand is to host the world's first International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration.

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New Zealand to celebrate Sauvignon Blanc at 35th annual London tasting

Published:  08 January, 2016

The 35th New Zealand Annual Trade Tasting, to be held in London on January 18, will be a celebration of Sauvignon Blanc, the country's signature varietal.

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New World wines thrive in challenging Chinese market

Published:  07 January, 2016

The market for wine is rebounding strongly for New World wines, according to reports in the Chinese news media.

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Liberty Wines extends premium New Zealand list with Burn Cottage Pinot Noirs

Published:  15 December, 2015

Liberty Wines has added Central Otago's Burn Cottage Vineyard to its range of premium New Zealand Pinot Noirs.

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Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc proves runaway success

Published:  09 December, 2015

The first shipments of Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc have already sold out, the wine's producer Invivo Wines reports.

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Q&A: Tim Heath, head winemaker, Cloudy Bay

Published:  08 December, 2015

Tim Heath, who has been with Cloudy Bay for 10 years, talks about continuing the legacy of one of New Zealand's most iconic brands as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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New Zealand strengthens hold on premium price points in the UK

Published:  26 November, 2015

New Zealand wines continue to dominate sales at premium price points in the UK market, according to data from Nielsen.

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New Zealand wine industry welcomes new EU free trade talks

Published:  02 November, 2015

The New Zealand wine industry has welcomed the possibility of a free trade agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and the European Union.

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Majestic wins exclusive rights to Graham Norton's Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  20 October, 2015

BBC chat show host Graham Norton is to launch his own wine in the UK through an exclusive distribution agreement with Majestic Wine.

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Invivo drives international expansion with Boardman hire

Published:  16 October, 2015

New Zealand winery Invivo Wines has appointed Mark Boardman to the new role of international sales manager.

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Q&A: Nick Picone, chief winemaker for Villa Maria talks about Albariño's X-factor

Published:  30 September, 2015

Nick Picone became Villa Maria's Group Chief Winemaker in June, after 18 years as a winemaker across Villa Maria's wineries in New Zealand's North and South Islands. He talks to Anne Krebiehl MW about his new role, about his plans and why he thinks Albariño has the X-factor.

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Barwell builds Summerhouse wines from New Zealand into its portfolio

Published:  28 September, 2015

Barwell & Jones has added Summerhouse Wines from Marlborough in New Zealand to its agency line-up.

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New Zealand's wine market offers potential for overseas producers says Wine Intelligence

Published:  21 September, 2015

Per capita consumption figures on a par with northern Europe make New Zealand a market ripe with potential for wine exporters, a new report claims.

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Jackson Estate launches premium Sauvignon and Pinot Noir in UK

Published:  08 September, 2015

New Zealand's Jackson Estate has released two new wines for the independent wine merchant and on-trade sectors.

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UK imports of New Zealand wine up 11% as US becomes biggest export market

Published:  17 August, 2015
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Robinson to lead line-up at Pinot Noir conference in 'major coup' for New Zealand

Published:  14 July, 2015

New Zealand's wine industry is claiming a "major coup" after influential British wine writer and broadcaster Jancis Robinson MW agreed to appear at a big conference in the country.

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Ned producer Marisco adds premium Craft Series to New Zealand wine portfolio in the UK

Published:  08 July, 2015

The New Zealand wine producer behind The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is releasing a new range of premium wines in the UK under the portfolio name The Craft Series.

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New Zealand's Yealands charged up by investment from electricity firm

Published:  03 July, 2015
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Villa Maria hands top winemaking role to Picone

Published:  10 June, 2015

New Zealand wine producer Villa Maria has promoted Nick Picone to the role of group chief winemaker.

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Possible New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc shortage following 2015 harvest

Published:  08 June, 2015

Buyers could be faced with a shortage of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the 2015 vintage.

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Villa Maria winemaker Alastair Maling moves to Foley Family Wines

Published:  01 June, 2015

Alastair Maling MW, the general manager winemaking at Villa Maria is set to leave the New Zealand winery at the end of June to join Foley Family Wine.

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Online retailer New Zealand Cellar set to open first London shop this week

Published:  27 May, 2015

Online wine retailer The New Zealand Cellar is set to open its first retail shop in London this week, which has been funded entirely through crowd-funding.

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Liberty Wines boost New Zealand portfolio

Published:  27 May, 2015

Liberty Wines has boosted its New Zealand portfolio after signing up wine producer Akarua.

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Volume declines of Southern hemisphere harvest pushes up demand for bulk wines

Published:  14 May, 2015

Smaller harvest in the Southern hemisphere are set to boost demand for bulk wine, the latest report from Ciatti has said.

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Cloudy Bay returns to RHS Chelsea Flower Show kicking-off its summer campaign

Published:  01 May, 2015

The iconic New Zealand wine brand Cloudy Bay returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the third year with a show garden designed by brothers David and Harry Rich.

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Wine e-retailer boosts online offer as it exceeds crowdfunding target

Published:  21 April, 2015

Online retailer The New Zealand Cellar is set to boost its online offer after achieving more than 20% more than its crowdfunding target.

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US wine market sees volume growth slowing, but value growth continues to rise, Rabobank says

Published:  14 April, 2015

The American wine market is slowing in terms of volume growth, despite continued expansion throughout 2014, according to Rabobank's Wine Quarterly Q2 2015 report. But a report from the financial service agri-food team said US value growth is actually accelerating, making it a desirable market for premium brands.

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New Zealand Cellar exceeds crowdfunding target within a week

Published:  13 April, 2015

Online retailer The New Zealand Cellar has exceeded its crowdfunding target within five days of launching the project, enabling it to open its first retail outlet in London this summer.

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The New Zealand Cellar crowdfunds to raise money for first shop

Published:  07 April, 2015

Online retailer The New Zealand Cellars has launched a crowdfunding project to raise funds to open its first retail shop.

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Q&A: Mission Estate's Giles James on toppling Cloudy Bay and looking beyond Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  31 March, 2015

Mission Estate, New Zealand's oldest winery, may not yet be the most familiar of brand names in the UK wine world, but it has just managed to topple Cloudy Bay from its position as best selling New Zealand wine in the on trade. Helen Arnold caught up with UK business development manager Giles James to discover how it was achieved.

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New Zealand Winegrowers to host global events for Sauvignon Blanc Day

Published:  30 March, 2015

New Zealand Winegrowers Association is hosting a series of events to celebrate the sixth annual Sauvignon Blanc Day, which is set to be held on Frday 24 April.

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Invivo half way to NZ$2m crowdfunding target after only one day of trading

Published:  20 March, 2015

New Zealand winery, Invivo Wines, raised over half its NZ$2 million target in a matter of hours after its crowdfunding campaign was opened for business yesterday.

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New Zealand wine exports up, as premium grows in the UK

Published:  10 March, 2015

New Zealand's wine industry has seen exports grow 8.2% in the last year, hitting a record NZ$1.37 billion.

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Invivo looks to raise close to £1m in first New Zealand wine crowdfunding venture

Published:  10 March, 2015

Invivo claims it will be the first New Zealand winery to launch an equity crowdfunding offer as it hopes to raise a maximum $2million NZD (just under £1 million) with the help of shareholders, including UK chat show host, Graham Norton, to spearhead its future growth.

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Villa Maria launches lighter alcohol wine range

Published:  10 March, 2015

New Zealand winery Villa Maria is set to launch a lower abv wine range into the UK off-trade.

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New Zealand wineries award first scholarship to UK MW student

Published:  24 February, 2015

A group of artisan wine producers in New Zealand have awarded their first MW scholarship to a UK-based wine writer.

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England and New Zealand sparkling wines go head to head in a "Battle of the Bubbles"

Published:  23 February, 2015

Competition between English and New Zealand sparkling wine came to a head last week as the two countries tied in a blind-tasting organised to coincide with the Cricket World Cup.

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New Zealand's Ara Wines moves to Bibendum PLB

Published:  18 February, 2015

Bibendum PLB has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor of Marlborough's Ara Wines - formerly supplied via Negociants UK.

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'Painful moment' for Argentina's wine exporters, says Rabobank

Published:  17 February, 2015

Argentina's wine exporters are having a "painful moment" as fast-rising inflation rates make it unprofitable to ship goods, says Rabobank.

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Yealands relaunches Hawke's Bay Crossroads with Enotria

Published:  16 February, 2015

Yealands Wine Group is moving is its Hawke's Bay Crossroads wines to Enotria from Mentzendorff to streamline UK distribution.

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England and New Zealand's sparkling wines clash ahead of Cricket World Cup

Published:  11 February, 2015

The doyens of the English and New Zealand sparkling wine industry are ratcheting up the competition ahead of the Cricket World Cup with a blind taste off.

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Tim Heath, senior winemaker of Cloudy Bay, talks about the challenges of making an iconic Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  06 February, 2015

Tim Heath, Cloudy Bay's straight-talking 38-year-old Aussie winemaker, talks about the challenges of producing one of the world's most iconic Sauvignons, his winemaking ethos - and his loathing of accountants.

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Newly formed New Zealand Craft Beer Collective comes to the UK

Published:  05 February, 2015

The New Zealand Craft Beer Collective, a group of craft brewers that formed in mid-2014, will soon be imported and distributed in the UK.

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Accolade sees its Mud House New Zealand wine brand go from 10K cases to 250k in a year

Published:  28 January, 2015

Mud House, the New Zealand wine brand, grew sales 2,500% in the last 12 months from 10,000 9 litre cases to a quarter of a million cases, according to figures released by brand owner Accolade Wines.

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Justin Knock MW predicts trusted wine brands will make a comeback in 2015

Published:  23 January, 2015

Justin Knock MW, one of the partners behind the recent acquisition of wine merchant Philglas & Swiggot, and a consulting winemaker for Encirc Wines, sees wine brands making a comeback with consumers, Italy facing potential supply problems and questions whether New Zealand can keep its momentum going as hot topics to watch in 2015.

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Justin Keay finds much to discover at London's annual New Zealand tasting

Published:  23 January, 2015

First impressions count for much and so it was this week at the 2015 Annual Wines of New Zealand Trade Tasting. The unremarkable, ever so slightly claustrophobic Lindley Hall - which seems to host almost all generic tastings these days - was absolutely packed; within seconds of grabbing my glass I found myself firmly wedged into a crowd that reminded me of my student days of catching public transport in India.

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New Zealand to hold first international conference celebrating Sauvignon Blanc in 2016

Published:  22 January, 2015

New Zealand is launching an international conference celebrating its flagship grape variety - Sauvignon Blanc - which will take place in Marlborough in February 2016.

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New Zealand wine producers 'excited' about 'rebalanced' UK market

Published:  20 January, 2015

Sauvignon Blanc continues to be the most popular variety in the UK and no other region is more synonymous with the aromatic grape variety than New Zealand, which continues to make inroads in the UK market.

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New Zealand looks to break away from Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  09 January, 2015

New Zealand maintains a privileged, premium position in the UK market and is working hard to shake its over-reliance on Sauvignon Blanc by introducing new styles. Anne Krebiehl MW reports

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New Zealand's Yealands Wine Group looks to fast-track expansion

Published:  09 December, 2014

New Zealand's Yealands Wine Group is looking at funding options in order to fast-track expansion plans and increase its vineyard holdings.

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Spanish wines fastest growing in UK bars and restaurants

Published:  01 December, 2014

Spanish wines are the fastest growing in the UK on-trade - listings are up 25% in the last year - at the expense of French wines, whose listings have fallen by 11%.

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Roger Jones concludes his wine tour of New Zealand with praise for its sustainability

Published:  01 December, 2014

Sadly my time in New Zealand has come to an end, however, amongst all the highlights and amazing experiences, including flying a plane, one common theme kept coming up, besides the quality of the wines, and that is the word sustainability.

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Roger Jones on falling in love with the "wild west" of New Zealand's Central Otago

Published:  26 November, 2014

If there was one area in New Zealand which defines the whole ethos of its wine industry it must be Central Otago.

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Roger Jones adds a Canterbury tale to his tour of New Zealand

Published:  24 November, 2014

The car journey from Blenheim Airport to Waipara is one of the most beautiful drives you could envisage, with a wild coastline that is picture perfect.

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Is this the best mini bar in the world?

Published:  21 November, 2014

As mini bars go they don't get much more impressive than this.

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Roger Jones on what New Zealand is doing best with Sauvignon Blanc and his top wines

Published:  21 November, 2014

Concerns have been rumbling in the UK that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc may have reached its fashion peak and is going the same way as Australian Chardonnay did a decade ago, where the industry were guided by the supermarket dinosaurs to produce a product that consumers no longer wanted, but price and flash instant big flavour hit was the defining factor.

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Roger Jones on how New Zealand's Nelson is coming out of Marlborough's shadow

Published:  18 November, 2014

Overshadowed by New Zealand's flagship 'Marlborough' region just two hours scenic drive to the East, sunny Nelson is a truly boutique region offering a range of impressive quality and world class wines.

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Roger Jones discovers a rugby hero and great wines in Martinborough

Published:  13 November, 2014

A Burgundian Grand Cru style village community saturated with prestigious vineyards squeezed into a very small area with just one prime green site not attributed to vines, the rugby ground!

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Roger Jones indulges in Hawkes Bay's Food and Wine Classic

Published:  10 November, 2014

For 10 days in November Hawkes Bay is transformed into a food and wine Mecca attracting thousands of people from all over the world to divulge and celebrate the bounty that the area produces as part of the Food and Wine Classic. Wineries, local restaurants, scenic parks and historical buildings are used to offer an array of tastings, gourmet meals, art, voyages, celebrity chefs, and wine challenges, all packed out from free to enter events to ticketed events up to $300 per person.

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Roger Jones flies his way to Hawkes Bay

Published:  05 November, 2014

An innocent question by the young pilot may possibly have confused both of us, 'what are you like flying in small planes Mr Jones?'  I answered no problem thinking he was asking if I was comfortable travelling in a 2 seater plane, but alas as soon as we took off he said 'you can take over now', so for the next 30 minutes Wales' equivalent to the Red Arrows was weaving down the coast from Gisborne to Hawkes Bay.

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Roger Jones continues his Kiwi tour by discovering "hidden secrets" of Gisborne

Published:  03 November, 2014

Roger Jones continues his wine and gastronomic tour of New Zealand with a trip to Gisborne:

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Roger Jones finds damaging frost and elegant wines at New Zealand's Kumeu River Winery

Published:  30 October, 2014

Based in the Kumeu wine region some 30 minutes from Auckland, this world renown Chardonnay producer was hit by frost over the weekend which destroyed part of one of their vineyards. A freak overnight change in temperature gave no warning so it had not hired the usual helicopters to protect the vines (see footnote).

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Roger Jones gets ready for a wine tour of New Zealand with a new release tasting in London

Published:  28 October, 2014

In the first of a series of articles for Harpers.co.uk, as he travels across New Zealand hosting culinary and wine events and visiting many of the country's top wineries, Roger Jones of the Michelin-starred Harrow at Little Bedwyn attended a New Zealand tasting in London to get his palate in to gear.

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Smaller wineries now selling more than half of wine direct to consumer

Published:  28 October, 2014

Smaller Australian, South African and New Zealand wineries are now selling more than half of their wines direct to consumer.

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Bulk wine market sluggish as 2014 harvest ends, says Ciatti

Published:  14 October, 2014

As the 2014 harvest draws to a close, the bulk wine market remains sluggish, with plentiful stocks available in most markets, says the latest report from Ciatti. 

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Buyers should beware of storm damage when sourcing New Zealand's 2014 wines

Published:  30 September, 2014

New Zealand's 2014 vintage resulted from "near perfect" conditions, but winemakers have warned buyers to take care as some Marlborough estates battled to harvest before Cyclone Ita hit.   

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The Harrow's Roger Jones follows Heston Blumenthal by taking his restaurant offer overseas

Published:  22 September, 2014

Heston Blumenthal is not the only British Michelin-starred chef to be taking his restaurant overseas in the new year as Rojer Jones is set to travel to South Africa to embark on a restaurant tour with his award-winning The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

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Jackson Estate's Matt Patterson-Green showcases his Kiwi wines at Chiltern Firehouse

Published:  17 September, 2014

"I believe Marlborough will be known for producing the best Pinot Noir over time," declares Matt Patterson Green, winemaker of Jackson Estate. In his glass is one expression, Vintage Widow 2012, named, he says, "after women who lose their men to the vineyards..."

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New firm North South Wines ramps up activity

Published:  16 September, 2014

Newly-created North South Wines is planning to boost its team as it gets ready for a series of product launches in the coming months.

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Let's cheer Warren Adamson on his final push to John O'Groats for the Benevolent

Published:  12 September, 2014

If you've had a tough week of tastings, meetings and trips out to the Wines of the Beautiful South then spare a thought for Craggy Range's Warren Adamson who is currently in to day seven of a nine day bike ride between Land's End and John O'Groats.

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Seckford Agencies toasts sales growth

Published:  12 September, 2014

Seckford Agencies has seen sales grow by 10 to 15% in the past year, says director David Cartwright.

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Ex-Ehrmanns directors form new wine distribution company

Published:  09 September, 2014

Three high profile UK wine professionals, including two former Ehrmanns directors, have launched their own distribution company in partnership with three wineries, including De Bortoli wines, which is closing its UK office as a result.

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New Zealand's export wine sales grow 10%

Published:  21 August, 2014

New Zealand's wine industry has seen export sales rise 10% in the past year as sales hit a new record of NZ$1.33 billion.

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New Zealand's Mission estate eyes UK growth

Published:  05 August, 2014

New Zealand's Mission Estate is targeting UK growth in the independent and on-trade sectors with the appointment of its first UK business development manager.

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David Babich on how carefully matched food helps bring his wines alive

Published:  10 July, 2014

David Babich, general manager of the family-owned Babich Wines, which reaped its first vintage in Auckland's Henderson Valley in 1916, along with Dinah Kinnear, sales manager for Europe, introduced their wine range at a special event hosted by UK distributor, PLB, at London's Underground Cookery School.

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New Zealand scholarship up for grabs for UK wine professionals

Published:  07 July, 2014

UK wine professionals with a hankering for the New Zealand way of life could see their dreams come true by winning a scholarship to Marlborough.

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Bulk Pinot Grigio stocks tighten, says Murphy Wine Company

Published:  03 July, 2014
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Australian wineries face selling wines at a loss in 2014

Published:  03 July, 2014

Australian wineries face selling their wines at a loss this year if prices fall below current levels, given high costs of grapes and production in 2014, warns top wine broker.

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Fledgling New Zealand wine brand Te Pa says UK is top priority

Published:  19 June, 2014

Fledgling New Zealand wine brand Te Pa is aiming to harvest a million plus cases per year within the next five to 10 years and is targeting the UK first.

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New Zealand's 2014 grape harvest up 29% on last year

Published:  11 June, 2014

Official figures for New Zealand's 2014 grape harvest show it has increased by almost one third on last year.

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Kingsland shakes up business model with wider branded offer

Published:  05 June, 2014

Kingsland is shaking up its business with plans to launch fruit-flavoured wines, make brands more accessible to younger customers and offer deeper consumer insights.

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Sam Neill and Nigel Greening on what makes a great Pinot Noir producer

Published:  02 June, 2014

Two of New Zealand's leading Pinot Noir producers, Sam Neill of Two Paddocks and film star fame, and Nigel Greening of Felton Road, set out at a special tasting last week in London what it is that has drawn them in to trying to create award Pinot Noir from the Central Otago.

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Air New Zealand to help New Zealand Winegrowers promote wine tourism

Published:  28 May, 2014

New Zealand Winegrowers has linked up with Air New Zealand in the hope of raising its profile as a key destination for wine tourism

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Premium New Zealand wine commerce site launches in UK

Published:  27 May, 2014

Top New Zealand wine expert Melanie Brown is launching an e-commerce site dedicated to over 160 premium New Zealand wines for the UK market.

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New Zealand winery Amisfield signs Inverarity Morton as UK agent

Published:  27 May, 2014

New Zealand winery Amisfield has returned to the UK market after a five-year absence and signed Scottish distributor Inverarity Morton as sole agent.

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Free Run Wines to take on low alcohol wines from New Zealand producer, Selaks Wines

Published:  15 May, 2014

Free Run Wines, the UK off-trade wine supplier, is to distribute a new low alcohol, 9% abv, wine from New Zealand producer, Selaks Wines, which will be introduced along with the rest of the winery's UK range to the trade at next month's London Wine Fair.

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Sam Neill leads strong line up New Zealand trophy winners at IWC 2014

Published:  14 May, 2014

Sam Neill, the winemaking film actor, leads the strong line-up of eight Trophy winners from New Zealand announced today by the International Wine Challenge.

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Hollywood actor turned winemaker Sam Neill wins two gold medals at International Wine Challenge 2014

Published:  07 May, 2014
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New Zealand wine exports grow 9.2%

Published:  30 April, 2014

New Zealand wine exports topped NZ$1.3 billion annually for the first time in March, up 9.2% on the previous year, according to figures from Statistics New Zealand.

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BBC's Graham Norton make his own wine to raise money for Elton John Aids Foundation

Published:  25 April, 2014

When you settle down tonight to watch the Graham Norton show on BBC1 you might like to know the wine he and his guests drink will soon be helping to raise money to combat Aids as part of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

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New Zealand wine Matua backs emerging musicians

Published:  16 April, 2014

New Zealand wine brand Matua is launching an initiative to support up-and-coming artists at a host of this summer's music festivals.

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Bulk wine grows to 50% of New World exports

Published:  15 April, 2014

The international wine trade hit a "watershed moment" in 2013, with half of all New World wine sales coming from bulk supplies, according to Rabobank.

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Pressure on wine shipments mounts as US ports still deadlocked over contracts

Published:  03 April, 2014

Strike threats at western US sea ports are ongoing, with wine logistics experts predicting major problems for those who have not planned ahead.

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Matua introduces new Legends range to its New Zealand wine portfolio

Published:  31 March, 2014

New Zealand winery, Matua, is introducing a new premium range of wines in to its key UK and European markets called Matua Lands & Legends.

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NZ wineries import Sauvignon Blanc to cope with demand

Published:  26 March, 2014

Shortages of New Zealand's signature grape have led to imports of Sauvignon Blanc from Chile and South Africa to satisfy demand.

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Jeff Clarke of Ara in Marlborough on New Zealand's 2014 vintage and plans for the UK

Published:  21 March, 2014

Geoffrey Dean talks to Jeff Clarke of Ara in Marlborough about the prospects for the 2014 vintage and how winemaking is evolving in New Zealand.

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?New Zealand on track for record crop

Published:  18 March, 2014

New Zealand is on track to have its biggest harvest ever this year, with estimations of a 15%  increase over last year's record crop.

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Oyster Bay owner Delegat's sees European sales fall 14%

Published:  03 March, 2014

Delegat's, the New Zealand owner of Oyster Bay, has seen its UK, Ireland and European sales drop by 14% by volume in the six months to December 31, 2013.

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Southern hemisphere harvests get underway

Published:  25 February, 2014
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Q&A: Brent Marris, Winemaker, Marisco Vineyards, Waihopai Valley, Malborough, New Zealand

Published:  07 February, 2014

The man behind multi-award-winning brand The Ned talks to Harpers about the factors behind its runaway success

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Villa Maria buys Hawkes Bay vineyard

Published:  06 February, 2014
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Justin Knock MW on wine pricing, supply and demand in 2014

Published:  22 January, 2014

Justin Knock MW, consultant at Cobevco, takes a look at what the industry can expect regarding pricing, supply and demand in the year ahead.

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?Expect to pay higher prices for New Zealand wines

Published:  22 January, 2014

Price pressure is escalating on New Zealand wines as short vintages and a lack of new plantings mean demand is exceeding supply.

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New Zealand's 2013 vintage is 'one to remember'

Published:  21 January, 2014
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Brancott Estate debuts 'next big thing' Sauvignon Gris in UK

Published:  21 January, 2014
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French wines set for success with advent of sophisticated consumers

Published:  21 January, 2014
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Sam Neill's Two Paddocks acquires fourth Central Otago vineyard

Published:  20 January, 2014

Actor- turned- winemaker, Sam Neill, has acquired a fourth vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand, adding six additional hectares of Pinot Noir to his vineyard portfolio with the purchase of a Bannockburn estate called Desert Heart.

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NZ annual London tasting focuses on sustainability and new styles of wine

Published:  17 January, 2014

New Zealand Winegrowers will be hosting their annual London trade tasting at Lindley Hall at the Royal Horticultural Halls, a new venue for the tasting, on Tuesday, January 21, with a focus on sustainability and new styles of wines.

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Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and prospects for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014

The wine regions of the world closed out 2013 with some clear winners like South Africa, which reported record exports, and New Zealand, which just entered into a new trade agreement with Taiwan. But countries including Argentina and Australia faced big challenges. We take a look at how the world's major wine regions fared in 2013 and look at their prospects for 2014.

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Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and predictions for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014
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?New Zealand: it's not all about Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  13 January, 2014

The UK remains central to New Zealand's wine-export strategy as it looks to widen its appeal across all channels of the market. Ahead of this month's generic UK tasting, Anne Krebiehl looks at its opportunities in 2014

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Brent Marris to add 600ha to keep up with demand for Ned and other Marisco Vineyards wines

Published:  17 December, 2013

Marlborough-based Marisco Vineyards is to develop 600ha of Leefield Station in Waihopai Valley on the back of rising market demand for its New Zealand wines, particularly the Ned and King's Series brands.

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Interview: Sam Neill, actor and owner of Two Paddocks winery in New Zealand

Published:  09 December, 2013

Sam Neill is as serious and excited about his Two Paddocks winery in New Zealand as he is about his latest film or acting role. He describes in his own words what it is about winemaking that is as moving as any story played out on the silver screen.

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Trinity Hill moves distribution to Liberty Wines

Published:  06 December, 2013

New Zealand winery, Trinity Hill, is moving its distribution in the UK from Enotria to Liberty Wines from January 1, 2014.

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New Zealand wants to be the world's number one producer of lower alcohol wines

Published:  27 November, 2013

New Zealand wants to position itself as the "world's leading producer of high-quality, lower calorie and lower alcohol 'lifestyle' wines" in the biggest research project undertaken by the country's wine industry.

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Seifried Estate's Old Coach Road range gets rebranded

Published:  08 November, 2013

Fells distributed, Nelson-based winery Seifried Estate, has revamped its Old Coach Road range in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

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Accolades Wines acquires several brands from the Mud House Wine Group

Published:  06 November, 2013

The Mud House Wine Group has agreed to sell New Zealand brands Mud House, Dusky Sounds, Haymaker, Skyleaf and Waipara Hills, including the Waipara Hills cellar door and café, to Accolade Wines, subject to approval by New Zealand's Overseas Investment Office.

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UK trade's first chance to taste New Zealand's "best ever" vintage

Published:  01 November, 2013

The UK wine trade will get its first chance to taste wines from what is claimed could be the best New Zealand wine vintage in history at a special New Release Tasting organised by New Zealand Winegrowersin London on November 5.

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Negociants UK to help widen distribution for Sam Neill's Two Paddocks wines in the UK

Published:  24 October, 2013

Negociants UK has taken on the widespread distribution for the premium Two Paddocks range of wines from Central Otago, New Zealand, produced by actor Sam Neill.

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Douglas Blyde gets his hands dirty in a "cook off" competition with Cloudy Bay

Published:  14 October, 2013
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Mike Paul on why New Zealand faces a critical year ahead

Published:  14 October, 2013

The next 12 months will be a critical period for New Zealand's wine producers.

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Jackson Estate to build Pinot Noir-specific winery

Published:  07 October, 2013

Marlborough producer Jackson Estate is to build a new Pinot Noir-specific winery on the back of double-digit sales growth.

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Anne Krebiehl goes back in time with New Zealand's Rippon Vineyards

Published:  03 October, 2013

You rarely meet pioneers in 2013, but in the wine world it is still possible to encounter people who broke new ground. To taste their wines is a privilege. Yesterday's vertical of Rippon Vineyards Pinot Noir with vintages going back to 1990, presented by Lea & Sandeman, was a taste of early Central Otago viticulture, the 1990 being only the second commercial vintage coming from this stunning vineyard on the shore of Lake Wanaka.

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Villa Maria looks to grow in the UK with launch of Italian Arneis variety

Published:  18 September, 2013
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Days of cheap Kiwi wine are over, says New Zealand wine chief

Published:  17 September, 2013

The New Zealand wine industry has gladly gone back to the days when demand far outstripped supply and it could concentrate on producing quality, premium wine, and get away from the cheap wine market, according to Philip Gregan, chief executive of New Zealand Winegrowers.

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Q&A: Terry Peabody, chairman, Craggy Range

Published:  11 September, 2013

American-born Australian Terry Peabody made money in waste management and logistics before establishing Craggy Range, a trail-blazing premium winery in New Zealand. He spoke to Richard Woodard

 

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Marlborough celebrates 40 years with a record 2013 harvest

Published:  22 August, 2013

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the first grapes planted in Marlborough at Brancott Estate and coincides with New Zealand's recording-breaking 2013 harvest of 345,000 tonnes.

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NZ winery strikes deal with China

Published:  19 July, 2013

A New Zealand winery is set to capitalise on a growing thirst for white wine in China. Allan Scott Family Winemakers, based in Marlborough, is to ship 200,000 bottles to China in the first year of the deal.

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High hopes for NZ 2013 vintage

Published:  13 June, 2013

After low yields in 2012, it has been predicted the New Zealand 2013 vintage will be "a vintage to remember".

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NZ Ascension Wine Estate up for sale

Published:  04 June, 2013

New Zealand's Ascension Wine Estate is up for sale after having fallen into receivership.

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New Zealand's Prophet's Rock to increase production

Published:  03 April, 2013

New Zealand winery Prophet's Rock is set for further expansion "into offshore markets" following its purchase by a group...

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Jukes and Stelzer unveil new Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification

Published:  28 March, 2013


The sixth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification released this week by wine critics Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer has seen 23 new wineries join the list.

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Brancott Estate anticipates quality vintage

Published:  15 March, 2013

New Zealand winery Brancott Estate is anticipating a balanced, moderate yield for the 2013 vintage, following a disappointing harvest last year.

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Brancott anticipates quality vintage

Published:  15 March, 2013

New Zealand winery Brancott Estate is anticipating a balanced, moderate yield for the 2013 vintage, following...

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Waipara West signs deal to supply Japan Airlines

Published:  14 March, 2013

New Zealand winery Waipara West has signed a deal to supply Japan Airlines.

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New Zealand gets itself back on track

Published:  01 February, 2013

After a harvest shortfall in 2012, New Zealand may be struggling to cater for consumer demand, but winemakers are remaning positive and taking a long-term view, as Anne Krebiehl discovers

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Marisco Vineyards acquires 2,000 ha Marlborough estate

Published:  19 December, 2012

Brent Marris, the owner and winemaker behind New Zealand's Marisco Vineyards, which produces the Ned and the King's Series wines, has bought a 2,000 ha property in the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough and is on the lookout for more sites to buy.

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New Zealand Winegrowers appoints Chris Stroud to head up Europe

Published:  19 December, 2012

New Zealand Winegrowers has appointed Chris Stroud to head up its European operations.

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Mike Matthews looks at new styles emerging from New Zealand at its New Release trade tasting

Published:  29 October, 2012

Albariño and Arneis may not be synonymous with New Zealand; it's a far cry from the usual fare we are used to. Add in Grüner Veltliner, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Sauvignon Gris, the Blanc's mutant brother, and we get to build a picture of New Zealand's more adventurous side.

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Wine Rack plans four new stores by Christmas

Published:  09 October, 2012

Wine Rack is "holding steady" - having boosted profits in its last financial year it is looking to open another four stores before the end of the year.

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Sir George Fistonich to celebrate 50 years of Villa Maria with London event

Published:  10 September, 2012

Owner and managing director of Villa Maria, Sir George Fistonich, is to celebrate the winery's 50th Vintage with a roadshow of events including one in the UK.

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Best year for Pernod Ricard since 2007/8, despite fall in UK sales

Published:  30 August, 2012

Pernod Ricard's annual results show its best growth since the financial crisis began - up 8% - although UK sales tumbled by 4%.

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New Zealand sees record export rise as UK demand grows

Published:  30 August, 2012

New Zealand wine has seen a record export rise, according to the latest New Zealand Winegrowers annual report, with UK demand growing 11% by value and 8% by volume.

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Pernod Ricard's festive marketing plans revealed

Published:  17 August, 2012

In part two of Harpers' report on Pernod Ricard UK's festive plans for 2012, we take a look at what the drinks giant will be doing to promote its leading brands this Christmas.

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Sterling performs strongly against the euro and New Zealand dollar

Published:  10 August, 2012

Sterling had a fairly positive week and performed strongly against the euro and the New Zealand dollar, according to currency exchange specialist, Smart Currency.

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SITT Autumn announces exhibitor line-up

Published:  07 August, 2012

SITT Autumn, incorporating the Boutique Wineries Tasting, has announced the line-up of wineries, winemakers and exhibitors attending its tasting next month.

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Anne Krebiehl: her take on the New Zealand Medal Winners tasting

Published:  01 August, 2012

As the men and women of the beach volleyball teams fought it out in the preliminary matches on Horse Guards Parade below us, another measuring up took place at the Penthouse of New Zealand House: The New Zealand Medal Winners Tasting.

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Patriarche to distribute New Zealand winery Tiki

Published:  16 July, 2012

Patriarche Wine Agencies has signed a distribution deal with Marlborough producer Tiki.

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David Cox leaves New Zealand Winegrowers

Published:  16 July, 2012

David Cox has stepped down from his post as European director of New Zealand Winegrowers.

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Armit takes on Champagne Gratiot-Pillière and Bell Hill

Published:  09 July, 2012

Armit Wines has been appointed exclusive UK agent for the New Zealand winery Bell Hill and the Champagne house Gratiot-Pillière with immediate effect.

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Naked Wines invests £526k in Jackson Estate head winemaker

Published:  21 June, 2012

Naked Wines has invested £526k in Jackson Estate head winemaker Mike Paterson,  to make three exclusive wines for Naked Wines customers.

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Smaller New Zealand harvest could spell end of deep discounts

Published:  15 June, 2012

New Zealand Winegrowers is "relaxed" about an 18% fall in the harvest this year - the body had anticipated the crop to fall by up to 25%.

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Negociants UK wants to be number one Australian and New Zealand specialist in the UK

Published:  24 May, 2012


Negociants UK is firmly focused on becoming the number one specialist operator in Britain for Australian and New Zealand wines.

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Brancott Estate 2012 vintage of "exceptional quality"

Published:  08 May, 2012

Marlborough-based winery Brancott Estate has indicated its 2012 vintage is "the finest Marlborough has ever experienced".

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Brancott Estate: 2012 is finest-ever Marlborough vintage

Published:  08 May, 2012

Marlborough-based winery Brancott Estate has indicated its 2012 vintage is "the finest Marlborough has ever experienced".

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Ehrmanns aims for £3 million revenue hike

Published:  22 March, 2012

Ehrmanns is aiming to hit the £20 million mark in sales revenue by the end of its financial year, up from £17 million last year.

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Six in 10 consumers willing to pay £7+ on wine, says Pernod Ricard

Published:  15 March, 2012

Since 58% of shoppers are willing to trade up on wine, but only 11% do, Pernod Ricard is stepping up its premium push.

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Legacy Wines adds New Zealand brand Shorn

Published:  14 March, 2012

Legacy Wines, the recently launched impulse, export and on-trade division of Manchester-based Kingsland Wines & Spirits has added New Zealand brand Shorn to its portfolio.

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New Zealand pulls out of LIWF

Published:  06 March, 2012

New Zealand Winegrowers has pulled out of London International Wine Fair - but organisers insist it is no reflection of how Kiwi wines are performing in the UK.

 

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Sir George Fistonich awards first Master Sommeliers Scholarship

Published:  14 February, 2012

Master sommelier Damien Detcheverry, is the first person to be awarded the Sir George Fistonich - Villa Maria Estate - Court of Master Sommeliers Scholarship.

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New chief winemaker for Craggy Range

Published:  14 February, 2012

 

New Zealand winery Craggy Range has appointed Matt Stafford as its chief winemaker.

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Villa Maria vintage update - two weeks behind

Published:  06 February, 2012

Alastair Maling MW, Villa Maria group winemaker, is hoping for a drier February, and forecasts that yields will be down in Marlborough.

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Villa Maria vintage update - two weeks behind

Published:  06 February, 2012

Alastair Maling MW, Villa Maria group winemaker, is hoping for a drier February, and forecasts that yields will be down in Marlborough.

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Rueda whites rival New Zealand

Published:  18 January, 2012

Rueda is poised to take market share away from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, according to predictions by Clink Wines.

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Brancott Estate unveils new look

Published:  04 January, 2012

New Zealand wine brand, Brancott Estate, is to unveil its final transition from Montana to Brancott Estate, with a contemporary new look and extensive re-packaging.

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Amps Fine Wines scoops New Zealand award

Published:  19 December, 2011

Amps Fine Wine is heading to New Zealand after coming top in a competition encouraging on-trade buyers to boost wine sales.

 

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Enotria tops on-trade wine league

Published:  15 November, 2011

Enotria has been named the top on-trade wine distributor in the UK in terms of market share.

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Brancott Estate opens Marlborough heritage centre

Published:  01 November, 2011

The Pernod Ricard owned brand Brancott Estate, has opened a heritage centre in Marlborough.

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Cloudy Bay targets "culture loving urbanites"

Published:  28 October, 2011

 

Cult New Zealand wine brand Cloudy Bay is extending its presence in the UK with a new wine bar at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Andrew O"Connor reviews New Zealand Winegrowers new releases tasting, September 2011

Published:  07 October, 2011

Of the 207 wines on show a full 65 were Sauvignon Blanc, 49 Pinot Noir, 20 Riesling, 18 Pinot Gris, 18 Chardonnay, 13 Red blends (Cabernet Merlot predominantly) and a paltry two Syrah.

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Villa Maria and Errazuriz 'Get Wine Wise' in Tesco car parks

Published:  19 September, 2011

Villa Maria and Errazuriz wines are to join the 'Get Wine Wise' roadshow sampling campiagn in Tesco car parks, to help drive up value.

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Brancott Estate launches campaign through Rugby World Cup

Published:  16 September, 2011

Kiwi wine brand Brancott Estate is capitalising on its Rugby World Cup sponsorship to launch a new ad campaign encouraging consumers to 'stay curious'.

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Sir George Fistonich receives IWC Lifetime Achievement Award

Published:  07 September, 2011

Sir George Fistonich, owner and managing director of Villa Maria Estate, has received the International Wine Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Brancott goes sparkling

Published:  18 August, 2011

Launching Sauvignon Blanc into a sparkling market is Pernod Ricard with its Brancott Estate, sparkling Sauvignon Blanc (rrp£12.99).

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Rising dollar hits New Zealand winemakers

Published:  02 August, 2011

New Zealand winemakers are warning that the strong Kiwi dollar could make exports unviable for some producers.

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Gonzalez Byass takes on Wirra Wirra

Published:  28 July, 2011

Gonzalez Byass has taken on distribution of the premium Australian McLaren Vale winery, Wirra Wirra.

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Brancott Estate adds sparkling Sauvignon Blanc to range

Published:  22 July, 2011

Pernod Ricard owned, Brancott Estate has launched a sparkling Sauvignon Blanc to the UK market.

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Bottle Green signs Kiwi wine brand Toi Toi

Published:  22 July, 2011

Bottle Green has signed a deal with New Zealand brand Toi Toi.

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Brancott Estate launches Rugby World Cup campaign

Published:  20 June, 2011

Pernod Ricard UK has launched a marketing campaign around Brancott Estate's sponsorship of Rugby World Cup 2011.

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New Zealand harvest up 23%

Published:  16 June, 2011

The 2011 New Zealand grape harvest has seen 23% more grapes being picked in response to rising sales.

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Adam Speechly: wine merchant by day, DJ by night by Simon Ellis-Jones

Published:  10 June, 2011

Adam Speechly lives a double life: by day he is building a reputation as a fine wine merchant on the Wirral and by night he has an even bigger following as a leading DJ in the north west. Simon Ellis-Jones catches up with the independent who can boast James Bond as one of his regulars

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Online wine firms encouraged to flout rules

Published:  16 May, 2011

'There are no rules online - that's the beauty of it,' say wine business owners who are finding new ways of working the digital marketplace.

 

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Spain's Bodega Numanthia looks to widen distribution across specialist UK wine trade

Published:  15 March, 2011


Premium Spanish wine producer, Bodega Numanthia, is looking to widen its distribution of Toro region wines across the UK specialist wine trade.

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For Villa supporters

Published:  22 February, 2011

Embracing 2011 with some new releases is Villa Maria - and for ardent Villa supporters there's certainly enough variety on the field to keep them occupied for a while.

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Net profits up 10% at Pernod Ricard

Published:  17 February, 2011

Net profits are up 10% at French drinks giant Pernod Ricard thanks to strong sales growth of strategic brands in emerging markets.

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Blog: Anne Krebiehl's Ravenous for Riesling

Published:  26 January, 2011

Anne Krebiehl picks out her favourites from the Ravenous for Riesling tasting

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Delegat's moves for remaining Oyster Bay shares

Published:  11 January, 2011

Delegat's Wine Estate is in the process of taking outright control of Oyster Bay Marlborough Vineyards.

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New Zealand vineyards to be 20% organic by 2020

Published:  11 January, 2011

Organic wine producers in New Zealand have announced that 20% of the country's vineyards will be organic by the year 2020.

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Pernod sells New Zealand wine brands

Published:  23 December, 2010

Pernod Ricard has sold Lindauer, its New Zealand wine brand, to Lion Nathan and Indevin.

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Ehrmanns adds Kiwi producer to its portfolio

Published:  08 December, 2010

Ehrmanns has been appointed as the UK agent for family owned New Zealand producer Giesen Wines.

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Wine with a quick response

Published:  23 November, 2010

One of the first wines in the UK that precedes the rush to include a quick response code on the label is the Vinultra Insight Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Laithwaites Wine, rrp £11.99).

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Pernod Ricard launches campaign for Brancott Estate

Published:  23 November, 2010

Pernod Ricard UK is launching a marketing campaign for its New Zealand brand, Brancott Estate, to raise awareness with UK consumers.

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New chief winemaker for Craggy Range

Published:  03 November, 2010
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Pernod Ricard Q1 sales up 10%

Published:  21 October, 2010

Pernod Ricard has reported a 10% rise in first-quarter sales, helped by strong growth in Asia.

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Pernod Ricard sells New Zealand Wine brands

Published:  18 October, 2010

Pernod Ricard Group has sold some of its New Zealand Wine brands, including Lindauer, to a consortium of buyers from Lion Nathan and Indevin, for NZ $88 million (circa £42 million).

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Pernod Ricard sells New Zealand Wine brands

Published:  18 October, 2010

Pernod Ricard Group has sold some of its New Zealand Wine brands, including Lindauer, to a consortium of buyers from Lion Nathan and Indevin, for NZ $88 million (circa £42 million).

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Pernod Ricard groups international wines together

Published:  08 October, 2010

Pernod Ricard is to group its key international wine brands together under one umbrella - Premium Wine Brands - following a strategic review.

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Anne Krebiehl unravels the Pinot puzzle

Published:  29 September, 2010

The best thing about Monday's Pinot Puzzle was that all wines were served blind, having everyone guessing and trying to find common threads in the different country flights. London's wine glitterati (yes, they all turned up) were debating the comparative alcoholic heat, the integration of oak and the use of different clones in a spectacular line-up of Pinot Noirs from Oregon, Chile, New Zealand and Australia. Were those balanced, almost tender and pale wines at home in the Willamette Valley? Was the heat and power of one flight down to Californian, Australian or Central Otago sunshine? Did acidity and fruit-forwardness really point to Chile or was it Mornington Peninsula? Almost all got some flights spot on but mixed up others - also scrutinising bottles for clues via closures and bottle weight. The 66 wines were presented in Hardy's Brasserie, a small enough space to encourage lively discussion.

 

Astonishingly this was not a sponsored PR stunt, but the independent project of two wine PRs, Kate Sweet (of Hilltop Wines) and Jen McDonald (Mandarin Communications) and wine educator Angela Reddin. "This is not officially underwritten by any of the generic bodies or a client," says Sweet. "It is a hobby of Jen, Angela and myself who have an interest in Pinot Noir." Once word of the event got round, they had to turn away wines from Argentina, South Africa and Canada who also wanted their chance to shine. "It is just about looking at a snapshot of what the new world regions are doing with their Pinot Noir at the moment," Sweet explains. "We have tried to show a broad spectrum of wines. They are contenders, they are operational in the UK market and they are real alternatives to traditional styles of Burgundy. It demonstrates that new world areas are finding their feet."

 

The flights were revealed just before Gerard Bassett MW chaired a panel of winemakers to discuss the different countries' Pinot Noir traits which are finally emerging without constant, slavish comparison to Burgundy. Even Bassett confessed that he was "confused" after tasting the wines twice, especially since "each region has more than one style." Blair Walter of Felton Road in Central Otago reflected on the continuing evolution: "From a New Zealand point of view we have come a long way: the main developments have been viticultural. There's increasing vine age and a better understanding of how to farm our vineyards. We are more subtle on the winemaking side." He reckons that the new Pinot contenders in five years' time will probably be from South Africa and the Canadian Okanagan Valley. Mac Forbes of Woori Yallock in the Yarra Valley, Australia, made a similar point, saying that the right clones are ever more important for quality Pinot. As for winemaking, Forbes said there was "an increased confidence to be able to step back and allow the sites to express themselves more." Helen Masters of Ata Rangi in Martinborough, New Zealand was enthusiastic about all the wines: "Probably five years ago you might have seen more faults. You are able to see the countries and regions more clearly now. Overall, the quality made a huge leap in terms of what people are doing in the vineyard and the winery. People start to understand what clones, what rootstocks really suit their region. At the higher end it's actually harder because all the wines have such good quality, such good weight. In five year's time it's going to be even more exciting!" Many tasters commented, Christine Parkinson of Hakkasan emphasising that she was pleased to find "something delicate, something mysterious" in those Pinots.

 

The Pinot Puzzle showed how healthy it is to have one's ideas challenged. Tasting without preconception demonstrated the astonishing quality and variety of new world Pinot Noirs. The educational value of blind tasting was completely affirmed.

 

Some highlights:

Ponzi Reserve, 2008, Willamette Valley - Total definition of raspberry fruit on nose and palate with something more earthily aromatic in the background, ripe and fine tannins reveal their soft grip later. A wine of depth rather than power.

 

Ten Minutes by Tractor, 2008 Mornington Peninsula - Very pale, with savoury, classic Pinot varietal notes, reminiscent of the old world. Expressive elegance with structure, quiet power and spice.

 


Vina Leyda Lot 21 Pinot Noir, 2008, Leyda Valley - An atypical bouquet of fragrant, fresh fruit that almost turns into the perfume of dark conifers on the palate. Interesting despite a little too much extraction.

 

Marimar Estate, Cristina, 2005, Russian River Valley - Brick red colour, red-currants mingling with smoke and tar on nose and palate. Seductive, elegant power.

 

Felton Road, Block 3, 2007, Central Otago - Deep ruby colour, very fragrant and despite its heat a fine acidity and delicate spice. "This has some poetry," my tasting sheet scribbles say.

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Gondola changes name to yourfavouritewines.com

Published:  28 September, 2010

Gondola.co.uk has rebranded its name to yourfavouritewines.com after feedback from a customer survey.

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Richard Siddle dines at The Milroy

Published:  16 September, 2010

Walking into The Milroy you feel like you've stepped up a notch or two in social class, which is all part of its new-found appeal.

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Pernod Ricard ups investment by 30% for Christmas

Published:  27 August, 2010

Pernod Ricard has unveiled the firm's Christmas plans ? it has upped marketing investment by 30% for this year's focus on premium brands across TV ad campaigns, sponsorships and new packaging.

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Richard Siddle dines at The Milroy

Published:  29 July, 2010

Walking into The Milroy you feel like you've stepped up a notch or two in social class, which is all part of its new-found appeal. Previously you were only able to dine here if you were rich enough to pay the membership fee for what is essentially a private casino - Les Ambassadeurs Club.


Located on the cusp of Hyde Park, The Milroy is situated in what used to be one of Henry VIII's hunting lodges and its interior is still modelled on the fin de siècle Louis XV style incorporated in the 1870s. Dining here certainly makes you feel one step closer to royalty.


The food is European traditional, dressed up with a serious modern twist. It's the kind of menu where you need the staff to explain at least two ingredients per dish. But this is no surprise as head chef Simon Foster was trained by Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire.


Foams, juses and mousses run alongside Barnsley chops, ribs of beef, sole meunière and pan-fried skate.


The wine list is tilted to the Old World but evenly spread around the New World. With Cloudy Bay and Hunter Valley running up alongside Meursault, Pommard and Nuits St George. Under head sommelier Andres Lucas it features 200 bins, 10 by-the-glass at £7.50, and fairly priced bottles starting at £22.


Lunch here is a grand occasion. A step up and a step back in time. But well worth stepping up for.

 

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Montana rebrands to become Brancott Estate

Published:  23 June, 2010

Montana Wine has changed its name to Brancott Estate and is to be official sponsor of the 2011 rugby union World Cup.

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New Zealand wine industry welcomes smaller 2010 vintage

Published:  18 June, 2010

The 2010 New Zealand grape harvest totalled 266,000 tonnes - 19,000 tonnes smaller than in 2009.

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New Zealand wine industry awarded Government support

Published:  02 June, 2010

The New Zealand Government has announced a promotional package of support for the country's wine industry, to help overcome its current challenges.

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Cloudy Bay releases 2006 Riesling

Published:  14 May, 2010

Cloudy Bay, the New Zealand winemaker renowned for its sauvignon blanc, has released 1,500 bottles of 2006 Riesling for sale in the UK.

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Sir George Fistonich accepts charity role

Published:  12 May, 2010

Founder and managing director of Villa Maria Estate, Sir George Fistonich, is to replace the role left by the late Sir Edmund Hillary, as vice patron of Variety - The Children's Charity of New Zealand.

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Harpers to discuss UK's role in global wine market at LWIF

Published:  26 April, 2010

The UK's position in the global wine market will be the subject of the Harpers Debate at this year's London International Wine Fair.

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Draycott to head Gonzalez Byass sales

Published:  19 April, 2010

Former First Quench buyer Melissa Draycott has been named sales director of Gonzalez Byass UK.

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Rebecca Gibb - Winery workout - Marlborough day 6

Published:  17 April, 2010

It's only been a week since I arrived in Marlborough to work part of the 2010 vintage but I'm already in need of a rest!

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My Taste - big v small

Published:  16 April, 2010

Carol Emmas takes part in a blind tasting that pits the big brand Champagnes against the small growers.

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First Taste - Wairarapa

Published:  16 April, 2010

A snapshot of wines from New Zealand's Wairarapa region.

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Rebecca Gibb - Harvest hen do: Marlborough day 5

Published:  16 April, 2010

Winery dogs are so last year. The ultimate winery accessory this season is...a hen.

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New Zealand overtakes Germany in UK wine sales

Published:  15 April, 2010

New Zealand is claiming to have overtaken sales of German wine in the UK when looking at country of origin percentage shares.

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Rebecca Gibb - Weather-watching wineries: Marlborough day 4

Published:  15 April, 2010

Harvest time is all about the weather. And in true British style, the weather's one of my favourite subjects. It continues to turn out nice every day in Marlborough and, for those producers with grapes still to come in, that's great news. But for the crew at Jackson Estate, a nice bit of rain would be ideal.

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Rebecca Gibb - Milk Round: Marlborough day three

Published:  14 April, 2010

I have never seen 3000 cartons of milk in a vineyard but I had to believe my eyes this morning at Jackson Estate's newly-planted Pinot Noir site.

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Rebecca Gibb - Good things come in small packages: Marlborough day two

Published:  13 April, 2010

Yields in Marlborough will be down significantly in 2010, if things at Jackson Estate are anything to go by. The crop here is down 25-30% on initial estimates. Ask around the region and the story seems to be the same.

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Angela Mount to head up Gondola Wines

Published:  12 April, 2010

Angela Mount is to be announced as the new head of Gondola Wine, the new online wine retail site from Dragon's Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.

 

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Rebecca Gibb - Vintage Boots: Marlborough day one

Published:  12 April, 2010

I swore I would never work in a cellar again after a terrible vintage experience in Australia in '06. Rose-tinted glasses firmly on, I've agreed to do a week's work at Jackson Estate in Marlborough.



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New Zealand expects small vintage decline

Published:  02 March, 2010

New Zealand wine producers will harvest slightly fewer grapes this year, despite an increased vineyard area, it has been predicted.

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New Zealand must not hike up Pinot Noir prices

Published:  11 February, 2010

New Zealand must not miss its opportunity to strengthen its position as the world's leading producer of affordable Pinot Noir, members of the UK wine trade have claimed.

 

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New Zealand must not hike prices on Pinot Noir

Published:  11 February, 2010

New Zealand must not miss its opportunity to strengthen its position as the world's leading producer of affordable Pinot Noir by pushing prices up members of the UK wine trade have claimed.

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Villa Maria joins forces with Journeys of Distinction

Published:  08 February, 2010

Villa Maria has joined forces with the luxury travel company Journeys of Distinction, to put together a new wine holiday package to New Zealand.

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Don't Miss - New Zealand Winegrowers Annual Trade Tasting

Published:  17 December, 2009

New Zealand Winegrowers are urging the trade not to miss out on the fabulous array of New Zealand Wines, Kiwi winemakers and other exciting initiatives this year

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New Zealand sweet wines permitted in UK

Published:  09 December, 2009

The generic trade body, New Zealand Wine Growers has welcomed a ruling that will allow the import of sweet wines into the UK.

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First promotion for rescued Wine Racks

Published:  07 December, 2009

All of the Wine Rack stores saved from administration by Venus Wine & Spirit are to hold in-store tastings this Saturday (December 12) on a range of promotional wines.

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New Taste

Published:  04 December, 2009

Cloudy Bay's latest vintage and a ground-breaking spirit are among the latest releases reviewed by Claire Hu.

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Dragons Den star launches online wine retail site

Published:  20 November, 2009


Dragons Den entrepreneur, Peter Jones, is looking to attract one million people to his new online wine club and retail site, www.gondola.co.uk in its first year.

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The IWC's Discovery Tasting New Zealand medal winners

Published:  18 November, 2009

Port house Quinta Do Noval is releasing the latest vintages of its still red wines through Gonzalez Byass UK.

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Marlborough Sauvignon for £3.92

Published:  26 October, 2009

Tesco has launched a promotion offering Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for £3.92 a bottle.

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On-trade range for New Zealand's Ara

Published:  15 September, 2009

New Zealand producer Winegrowers of Ara has produced a new range for the on-trade.

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Villa Maria founder receives knighthood

Published:  26 August, 2009

George Fistonich, founder of Villa Maria has been recognised with the New Zealand wine industry's first ever knighthood.

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New Zealand Wine Fund sold

Published:  11 August, 2009

One of New Zealand's largest wine producing companies has been sold to an American business.

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Wines in the press July 24-26

Published:  27 July, 2009

The Guardian


Victoria Moore is reviewing Australian Rieslings. She says, Australia caught our attention two decades ago with fruity reds and sunny whites that moved us on from Bulgarian country wine, changed our expectations at the lower end of the scale and became a fixture on the chart of cheap hits.

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Profits soar at Oyster Bay firm

Published:  22 July, 2009

The New Zealand producer behind the Oyster Bay wine brand has reported a 146% leap in net profit for the last half of 2008.

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Wines in the press, July 17- 19

Published:  20 July, 2009

Here is what the national wine critics had to say over the weekend of July 17 - 19.

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Cut price Kiwi 'madness'

Published:  08 July, 2009

Selling Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc at £3.99 is commercial madness, according to First Quench's buyer - despite the business starting a half-price offer on Villa Maria.

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Tastings: Simon Woods gets his lips round eight new releases and suggests where they could fit into your wine line-up

Published:  16 June, 2009

Simon Woods gets his lips round eight new releases and suggests where they could fit into your wine line-up.

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Anne Krebiehl: Final blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  10 June, 2009

So very few days are left in the gorgeous Central Otago autumn sunshine and still a little hung over after the harvest celebrations, my picking mates James and Martin and I have a tour of the Felton Road Winery:  spotlessly clean and pervaded by the smell of the fermenting fruit.

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Anne Krebiehl: Penultimate blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  08 June, 2009

Penultimate Instalment - End of Harvest

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Anne Krebiehl: Tenth blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  27 May, 2009

Picking continues apace. When we get to the vineyards now, we can see more and more picked rows with foliage of burnished yellow, rust and red. By now we are all comfortable with each other and already have a well-used stock of in-jokes. It all makes for pleasant days and lots of laughter, but speed remains of the essence.

 

Owen Calvert, an executive for an international aid agency, is kept away from New Zealand on business. His Calvert vineyard on the Felton Road is thus managed by the Felton team and the fruit is contracted out to three wineries: Craggy Range, Pyramid Valley and Felton Road.

 

We pick the Craggy Range Pinot first and see the refrigerated lorry leave for Hawke's Bay. I am very lucky to have secured those three Calvert wines from 2007 at the Pembroke Wine shop in Cromwell and I look forward to holding a comparative tasting of these back in London. The ultimate comparative tasting - of the 2009 vintage that I helped pick - will have to wait until the release of these wines. It will be a prime opportunity for a reunion with some of my harvesting mates. It will be fascinating to taste the craft of three different winemakers on the same fruit, especially since the berries are very healthy and relatively small with hardly a blemish on them. Owen and his family are here for Easter and since we are picking on Easter Sunday his teenage children hide chocolate eggs for us between the vines. We get off mid-afternoon and I hop into my specially-rented car to catch the rest of the Clyde Harvest Festival. I get there just as people start packing up - but with enough time to taste some impressive Viognier and Riesling from the Hinton Estate in Alexandra. I meet up with a friend and I spot Sue Edwards of Black Ridge - great opportunity to buy a bottle of her fabulous Chardonnay. Together with some Manuka-smoked meat and a crumbly cheddar-style cheese from the Gibbston Valley Cheesery we have the perfect ingredients for a cool but moonlit picnic underneath a pine tree in a cow paddock.

 

The next morning we hear the results of the annual Alexandra Easter Bunny Hunt: 14,799 rabbits were killed on this mass cull that draws hunters from all over New Zealand. Cruel this may sound but the rabbits have hardly any natural predators and are more numerous than sheep. They can spell the end of young vines and are a real pest. At the vineyard we laughed at the Alexandra advertisers who had a special offer of 10% discount on all ammunition for this special weekend. The record number of Easter bunny casualties was in 1997 when 23,949 were killed and counted. I only hope that some of them were turned into delicious rabbit pies.

 

Later in the week, as we pick the last of the Calvert grapes, Owen and his family lay on a barbecue for our pickers' lunch that is served with home-grown sweet corn and a spicy 2003 Calvert Pinot. It is our second lunch at the Calvert vineyard: in the first week, Nigel Greening cooked us a warming, satisfying and delicious goat stew for lunch. One of the Felton flock of goats gave its life for us but it was toasted first with Felton Road Riesling and then some Calvert Pinot. Another one of Nigel's lunches, a kind of Provencal chicken stew with the yummiest polenta I ever had was served in front of the Winery at Elms. This is pleasure, eating in the sunshine with your harvest mates. Somehow all our picking days are pervaded by a sense of amicable generosity - this is uplifting in itself but coming from businesslike London it is more than touching.

 

Naturally the off-piste tasting continues. By now the people at the small car rental outfit greet me like an old friend. On the vertigo-inducing drive to Chard Farm I fear for their car and my life. The narrow single-track gravel road winds its way steeply up one side of the Kawarau Gorge and affords glimpses of the turquoise rapids in the ravine. Chard Farm, yet another pioneer winery, like many other estates have tiered their production. This is probably a commercial and cash-flow necessity but this means that the high-end stuff retails at rather high prices and shows that the top Pinots deliberately align themselves (at least price-wise) with the great names of Burgundy. In some cases this is justified in others, the practice will maybe find it hard to survive in the current economic climate.

 

The Viper Pinot Noir 2006 stands out with a lovely nose of cinnamon on forest fruit and slight leather and remains a very elegant, light wine, with the price tag to match, however. The same goes for Amisfield: their Rocky Knoll Pinot 2006 is a lovely wine but at three times the price of the 'ordinary' Pinot? What really stunned me was their Arcadia Blanc de Noirs NV, a serious, bone dry and finely scented sparkler which could easily stand up to food.

 

Along the State Highway in Gibbston Valley I visit another gem: Duncan Forsyth of Mount Edward takes time to see me and lets me taste his lovely Rieslings which he describes as 'linear' rather than round. The Estate Riesling has 15 g/l of residual sugar and has an ethereal nose of lemony, honeyed lanolin, if there is such a thing. On the palate it is incisive and goes on an on. The Drumlin Riesling, from a tiny, non-irrigated vineyard is sweeter but exquisitely balanced, the nose is all green pear and spice. And what pleasure to know that these grapes were grown organically. I also taste a clean, lean and aromatic Pinot Blanc and a berry-scented 2007 Pinot Noir with gossamer-soft tannins and tingling spice. These wines are so resonant and have immense length. I can still savour them as I drive off.

 

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Critics May May 22-24

Published:  26 May, 2009

What the press have to say over the May bank holiday weekend.

 

Guardian



Victoria Moore finds that some tastebuds are a little harder to please after lunching with sales rep Dave who claimed to have, "virtually no sense of smell or taste."



So she prescribed wines with masses of texture and body to, "punch through those dull tastebuds and give his tongue something to think about."



The first wine she recommended was an Aussie Shiraz that, "has brightness, is overt and all but growls."



Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2004 (£9.99 or £6.99 when you buy three at Wine Rack).

 

Independent

 

The relevance of Bordeaux's system of selling its top wines as futures, or en primeur, in the spring after the vintage, has been called into question by the "latest shenanigans," over the 2008 vintage, reports Anthony Rose.

 

Every spring, the top Bordeaux châteaux release their prices to give consumers a chance to buy early at a relatively affordable prices which are based on how they see the quality of their wine that year, of the vintage as a whole and what the market will wear.

 

But no one was expecting great shakes from 2008 not even the Bordelais, Rose reports. Until Robert Parker pronounced 2008: "a notch below 2005, but better than any other vintage of the last decade except 2000".

 

All of a sudden prices of wines rated highly by Parker went through the roof, says Rose. With the first growth châteaux Lafite Rothschild trading at £3,200 per case after releasing at £1,900 and Latour, released at £1,590, up to £2,500.

 

This means real wine lovers will be priced out of the market if the reaction is to yield to the temptation not to drop prices.

 

For wine lovers in urgent need of a case of fine red Bordeaux, here's a few names the best critics agree fulfil the essential pre-requisite of good quality and reasonable pricing: La Lagune, Calon-Ségur, Léoville Barton, Langoa-Barton, Pichon Lalande, Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Le Petit Cheval.

 

Financial Times

 

Jancis Robinson says that her a visit to New Zealand, earlier this year, she met the most extraordinary wine producer.

 

Hiro Kusuda, admits that to pursue his dream he and his young family had to subsist for eight years without any income at all, she says. "Even today, the total production of Kusuda Wines in Martinborough is but a few hundred cases of Syrah and Pinot Noir a year."

 

Bob Campbell, a wine writer and Master of Wine, sent Robinson a report of Kusuda's 2009 harvest, saying he was witness to the most rigorous grape selection process he had ever seen . "Each berry was inspected for any flaw and removed if not perfect."

 

Here, clearly, is Japanese perfectionism as applied to one of the world's most pragmatic wine industries. And the resulting wines are truly exceptional, says Robinson.

 

Just before the 2006 vintage Kusuda managed to buy a small vineyard of his own, 1.2 hectares -3 acres. "I tasted two wines made in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 vintages and thought that not only were the 2006s unusually fine but both wines seemed to get better with each vintage," says Robinson.

 

"I'm not proud that I had no income for so long," Kusuda told Robinson. "But as the whole family sat round silently watching me taste the full range of his wines from perfectly polished Riedel glasses, I could feel their pride radiating," she says.

 

Times

 

Go on, celebrate the start of English wine week with a crisp, delicate elderflower and hedgerow-scented English wine, says Jane MacQuitty.

 

With the first new vineyards planted in London since the Middle Ages, one on wasteland behind King's Cross station and the other at Forty Hall Farm in Enfield, English wines are no longer a joke, she says.

 

Bulldog British enthusiasm, has seen plantings up by 50 per cent in the past five years, to more than 1,000ha, and our production is set to double in the next five years, reports MacQuitty.

 

Until May 31 there are lots of fun functions. Visit www.englishwineweek.co. uk for details, and contact English Wine Producers on 01536 772264 for a free map of Vineyards of England and Wales.


Telegraph

 

Everything is coming up rosé, says Jonathan Ray. As rosé wines continue to soar while those of red and white wine fall.

 

"And where rosé used to be infra dig, it's now de rigueur," he explains.



According to market researchers AC Nielsen, sales are up 17.7 per cent on the year, with the total rosé category now representing 11.5 per cent of the British off-trade by volume and worth some £533 million.

 

Value is starting to outstrip volume, which suggests that we're all finally prepared to pay more as the wines improve. Thank God for that, he says, since more than half the pink wines in this country still come from California, home of that dire vinous bubblegum, ''Blush'' Zinfandel.

 

 

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anne Krebiehl: Ninth blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  21 May, 2009

As the days and weeks in Central pass, late summer turns into autumn. The poplars have turned into glowing colours; their heart-shaped leaves are flying in the gusts of wind, covering the road in a carpet of bright yellow.

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David Cox to head New Zealand Wines

Published:  14 May, 2009

David Cox is the new chief of New Zealand Wine Growers for the UK and Europe.

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Anne Krebiehl: Eighth blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  07 May, 2009

The harvest steps up. Our days just evaporate, there is no standstill: we generally turn up at a quarter to eight so that picking starts promptly at 8 o'clock. On some days we are all muffled up in woolly hats, on others a jersey will do.

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Anne Krebiehl: Seventh blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  01 May, 2009

For the duration of the harvest I am staying at Jackson's Orchard just outside Cromwell. Before stubborn pioneers like Sue Edwards and Verdun Burgess of Black Ridge, Lois and Rolfe Mills of Rippon and Alan Brady of Gibbston Valley started planting vines in 'Central' in the 1980s (more of their wines in a later instalment), horticulture was and to a degree still is the mainstay of this area: Central Otago cherries and apricots are famous and there are many apple orchards, too.

Now in autumn the roadside stalls are fully stocked. I can stay at the orchard amidst rows and rows of trellised apricot trees since the season is over. Usually the huts, former motel units that were moved here, are occupied by the cherry, peach and apricot pickers and when I arrived, I saw the last fragrant batches of peaches being despatched. Since I moved in, the orchard has turned colour and I can walk ankle-deep through russet-coloured leaves to State Highway No. 6. From Jackson's own fruit stall I can buy milk, apples and tomatoes and one of these days I will have to try the Otago cherries in Kirsch. My neighbours are two Ecuadorean girls harvesting for Mount Edward and three Thai fruit pickers who keep making Tom Yum Soup in our shared kitchen shack. It is very quiet and very beautiful here and having my own little hut is luxurious.

There are two wineries in my immediate vicinity. Just a kilometre up the highway is Aurum Wines, another estate that aspires to organic standards without being formally certified. They make Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay and have just started making a traditional method sparkling Blanc des Blancs (not available yet). Two adorable blond little girls are playing in the tasting room and I learn that the older one lends her name to the barrel selection Mathilde Reserve Pinot Noir (2007). Their mother, Burgundian Lucie, managed to craft a Pinot with astonishing depth and elegance and allure from barely decade-old vines and the difference between the estate Pinot and the Mathilde is striking.

Joan Lawrence, the girls' charming grandmother conducts the tasting and explains the different terroirs of fluvial gravels and wind-blown loess that constitute her vineyards on the western shores of Lake Dunstan. We talk about how extraordinary it is for certain Central Otago wines to be so expressive at such a young vine age - quite a number of the very well-made ones really represent terroir. This may have something to do with the fact that yield needs to be restricted severely to allow ripening at all. The great majority of the local Pinots are punchy and fruit-forward but do not necessarily show any dimension beyond mere fruit. Most of these are probably also drunk too young even though some may not merit being cellared.

The better ones though, are extremely appealing and I cannot stop wondering how these will turn out once the vines have had time to stretch their roots deeper into the soil. Joan Lawrence reckons that the strong ultra-violet light and brisk climate make for a sped-up maturity in plants. Indeed, the Oregon Pines that are grown here for timber mature years and years faster than their cousins in the States, so Joan is probably right.

The Wooing Tree Winery is almost opposite the orchard. The 'wooing' tree itself, a huge old pine can be seen from the distance. Local lore has it that this used to be a prime romantic spot where quite a number of Central Otago babies were conceived...

The tasting starts with the unusual 'Blondie' a still Blanc des Noirs made from Pinot Noir, it has 4.8 grams of residual sugar and is a real pleasure wine that would work wonderfully as an aperitif. It has body and texture and is a fruit bomb, but in the nicest way possible. Then there is a nod to Pinot Gris and Chardonnay and the entry-level Pinot Noir called 'Beetlejuice'. The estate Pinot, the Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2007 is very pleasant, like all the wines made by Carol Bunn at Vinpro who makes the wines of a number of smaller properties here. It has a little herbacousness and a faint hint of cedar on the nose and needs to spend two more years in bottle to let the super-smooth fruit mellow out a little. Lots of promise. The 2005 Pinot Noir is very mellow and has lovely notes of cedar and cinnamon. Just for curiosity's sake I get to taste the very early effort of the 2002 Pinot Noir which was made from bought-in grapes- it smells like port and jam but is definitely over the hill.

More from the harvest in the next posting!

Anne Krebiehl, April 2009

 

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Anne Krebiehl: Sixth blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  28 April, 2009

Excitement: the first day of picking! After the night frost I am dressed in layers of clothes. I was told to be ready for pick-up at 07.45 and Bruce, an athletic Englishman who made New Zealand his home and works for Felton Road full-time arrives promptly.


We drive to the Cornish Point Vineyard on Lake Dunstan and bit by bit various pickers arrive. As of yet they are nameless, but we are well-mixed in age and origin. We try and stay warm in the early morning and smile tentatively at each other, some of the older hands clearly know each other and we strangers laugh at their familiar banter.


The frost protection propellers, or windmills as some call them, are going everywhere in an attempt to dispel the cold and the mallow leaves on the dusty ground have an attractive rim of frost.


Everyone gets assigned a 'snip', i.e. secateurs, and we get a little health'n'safety lecture from Gareth King, viticulturist and mastermind of the entire harvest: cuts (those snips are very sharp!), accidents, sunscreen.... He introduces his full-time viticultural team consisting of Sarah, Sam and Nick. Gareth and his team are of hardy Kiwi stock and turn up in shorts!


Then we get going: we are told what to cut out, what to look out for and which bunches to discard. Small plastic crates have been placed throughout the rows and we pickers work in a long belt, side by side we move together from row to row, making sure that all fruit is picked and that what goes into the crate is of high quality. Simple rule: into the basket what you would eat, what looks, smells, tastes inedible goes to the ground. Yes, this is truly sensual work. This kind of attention during picking - where everyone is paid by the hour rather than by weight picked - ensures quality and does away with the need for a sorting table at the winery - which especially for white grapes, saves valuable time.


Our fingers are icy from touching the cold fruit but we work surprisingly quickly. As we leave the crates to go to the next row, they get picked up and taken away. That is the hardest job: being on the back of the quad-bike and heaving the full boxes up on the bike to be taken to the trailer.


The sun comes slowly up as we re-assemble in order to drive in convoy to the Calvert vineyard back in Bannockburn. Tea, coffee and buttered buns with jam await us there - and what a boon that hot drink is! We get to work on the Chardonnay first and this is very fast picking: hardly a grape needs to be discarded and whole, beautiful bunches quickly fill the crates. With every minute the sunrays are getting stronger, the hands warmer and the toes start de-frosting in the brilliant Central Otago sunshine. By midday, we can all work in our t-shirts.


It is this diurnal temperature swing that explains such a lot about the flavours of these wines: if the vines just had the sunlight and high temperatures all the time, nothing much besides the high potential alcohol levels would be there (and there is plenty of that) but the cold nights and cooling winds delay the ripening so flavours and aromas can develop.


Being an organic, biodynamic vineyard, I spot a lot of wildlife: earwigs, beneficial insects that feast on other predators, the odd ladybird and many, many spiders seem to live very happily in the vines. And it is delicious to be able to taste the sweet, ripe grapes as we go along knowing that they have not been sprayed beyond all possible life. Oh for the joys of a sugar-stupor!


Visiting other non-organic/biodynamic vineyards in the region is an eye-opener; they seem almost sterile by comparison. We have spider webs and weeds but at least the only things staining my fingers are grape juice and some dust, all rather harmless. Once the Chardonnay is all picked we break and have our packed lunches after washing our sticky, sugary secateurs and hands in a bucket of hot water. Then it's the Riesling's turn: the bunches are very tight and heavy and hardly have a blemish on them.


Again we can work very fast. Naturally, a lot of chattering is going on, we learn each other's names, stories and quirks and time flies. Before I know it, our first day of picking is over. Happiness and satisfaction.


Anne Krebiehl, April 2009

 

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Anne Krebiehl: Fifth blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  14 April, 2009

On the coach again southbound from Blenheim to Christchurch: the route runs along the coast and to my right there is bush and steep cliffs, to my left is the Pacific Ocean. Fresh crayfish is sold at roadside stalls and I regret that I cannot just hop off to sample some of it.

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Anne Krebiehl: Fourth blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  14 April, 2009

Red eye: am on the early coach from Nelson en route to Renwick. State Highway 6 winds its way through coniferous forests, crosses the turquoise Pelorus River in a picturesque, narrow valley and continues south to reach the expansive vineyards of Marlborough: Renwick, a sleepy highway village, sits amidst these and it's yet again a case of dropping the rucksack, grabbing bicycle, helmet and map and heading off to hit the cellar doors.

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Anne Krebiehl's third wine harvest blog from New Zealand

Published:  07 April, 2009


South Island - what a difference! Anne Krebhiel continues her tour around the wine regions of New Zeland - this week she crosses over into the South Island.

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Sparkling wine sales continue to soar

Published:  30 March, 2009

Sparkling wines continue to enjoy success at the expense of Champagne, it has been claimed by a buyer for one of the UK's most popular supermarkets.

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Anne Krebiehl, blog March 23, harvest blog from New Zeland

Published:  27 March, 2009

Hello again - this time from Martinborough in the Wairarapa - this must be the most bijou little town ever and seriously makes me think of emigrating....

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Anne Krebiehl, blog March 23, harvest blog from New Zeland

Published:  27 March, 2009

Hello again - this time from Martinborough in the Wairarapa - this must be the most bijou little town ever and seriously makes me think of emigrating....

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Anne Krebiehl, wine writer's blog from the New Zealand harvest

Published:  25 March, 2009

Kia Ora from New Zealand and welcome to the first instalment of my Kiwi wine adventure: I have come here from London to harvest grapes at the illustrious Felton Road estate -- one of the world's most southerly vineyards -- in Central Otago on New Zealand's South Island. To make the most of this long journey I decided to come early and taste my way through the various wine regions to give my shamefully Eurocentric palate a real understanding of Kiwi wines and their huge success on the world stage.

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Anne Krebiehl, wine writer's blog from the New Zealand harvest

Published:  25 March, 2009

Kia Ora from New Zealand and welcome to the first instalment of my Kiwi wine adventure: I have come here from London to harvest grapes at the illustrious Felton Road estate -- one of the world's most southerly vineyards -- in Central Otago on New Zealand's South Island. To make the most of this long journey I decided to come early and taste my way through the various wine regions to give my shamefully Eurocentric palate a real understanding of Kiwi wines and their huge success on the world stage.

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New Zealand screwcap pioneer dies

Published:  30 January, 2009

New Zealand winemaker Ross Lawson, founder of Lawson's Dry Hills, has died aged 66.

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Wines in the Press: Ways to enjoy seventy-five centilitres of fun

Published:  16 September, 2008

Jane MacQuitty indulges in a spot of armchair shopping, Jancis Robinson learns where not to mention the 'S' word and Tim Aktin enjoys "seventy-five centilitres of fun" with some Sauvignon this week. Meanwhile for those with cash to flash, Antony Rose's column makes for inspiring reading...

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New Zealand wine exports reach record levels

Published:  20 August, 2008

New Zealand wine growers are on target to achieve $1 billion (£538 million) of exports by 2010, according annual results released today by New Zealand Winegrowers.

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The Guardian

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pinot Noir is one of the few exceptions to the widely held truism that the best value wines cost between 6 and 9, Victoria Moore feels. This is not because "a 5 bottle of Pinot Noir can't be good", she hastens to add, more that by moving to the 10 mark "you begin to find wines that start to get it". Moore says it is at this point when "suddenly, the fairy dust comes out, the light goes on, some kind of magic sparkle arrives that simply wasn't there before". The Guardian critic says: "Either you're prepared to pay it and get it or you're not." If you fall into the former bracket, she suggests the 2005 Pinot Noir Martinborough Vineyard (22, Harrods) or the 2005 Pinot Noir Cte de Beaune (92 for six bottles, Armit).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

Brits love nothing more than wiling away the hours talking about the weather and Susy Atkins is no different, although her column this week gives the subject an important vinous spin. "It is just plain wrong to drink heavy, blockbuster reds at this time of year," she says. We should curtail drinking big reds to "winter celebrations" and instead opt for "soft, juicy, smooth reds" in the early summer. Pinot Noir is an obvious choice, Atkins continues, citing the 2005 Pinot Noir Martinborough Vineyards (19.95, Harrods) for its "super-smooth texture and ripe, plush red-berry fruit with a subtle hint of chocolate".

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The Daily Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

As part of the launch of the Cloudy Bay locator', JONATHAN RAY has lunch with Tony Jordan, CEO of Cape Mentelle, Cloudy Bay and Green Point.
Ray gives a blow-by-blow account of his meal, from eel fillet to kangaroo loin, as well as a glowing report of the various Jordan wines served with each course. It reads like a LVMH advertorial.
However, Jordan makes an interesting point: The New World is expected to be constantly on the move but nobody asks when Chteau Margaux will produce a Syrah or Chardonnay ... our parent company in France demands innovation from us then when I ask what's new with Dom Prignon, they go all Gallic, shrug and mutter, "That's different."'

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

MATTHEW JUKES looks back at the New Zealand tasting at Lord's cricket ground in London, which he claims was the best ever.
His Kiwi selection includes: 2006 Spy Valley Gewurztraminer from Marlborough (9.99; Highbury Vintners, Grapelands) and 2004 Palliser Pinot Noir from Martinborough (12.99; Justerini & Brooks, Philglas & Swigott). Wine of the week is the 2006 Felton Road Vin Gris Ros from Central Otago (14.95; Lea & Sandeman).

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

Now that liquid is forbidden in airline hand luggage, the wine choices on board have assumed considerably more importance, says TIM ATKIN MW. The business class wine list is definitely an improvement on economy, but a recent tasting proved that the overall level of quality is still disappointing'. Fruity examples came out a lot better than tannic wines, due to the dulling of the senses at altitude, and Atkin says: Apart from a good glass of Champagne, the wines that taste good are softer reds and richer whites.' One such example he gives is 2004 Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir, Martinborough (11.99, each if you buy two; Majestic).

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

TIM ATKIN MW has toppled over to the dark side and declared himself to be a believer. That is to say, he's beginning to think that wines, just like people, have good and bad days' and he is thus prepared to put faith in the biodynamic idea of root', fruit' and flower' days.

He's not the only one who feels so inclined, and a chat with Marks and Spencer's wine buyer, Jo Ahearne, reveals that the retailer is hugely guided by lunar cycles and never holds press tastings on root days any more'. Some of the best from M&S included 2004 Lone Range Pinot Noir, Martinborough (14.99).

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

TIM ATKIN MW has toppled over to the dark side and declared himself to be a believer. That is to say, he's beginning to think that wines, just like people, have good and bad days' and he is thus prepared to put faith in the biodynamic idea of root', fruit' and flower' days.

He's not the only one who feels so inclined, and a chat with Marks and Spencer's wine buyer, Jo Ahearne, reveals that the retailer is hugely guided by lunar cycles and never holds press tastings on root days any more'. Some of the best from M&S included 2004 Lone Range Pinot Noir, Martinborough (14.99).
Atkin is joined by REBECCA SEAL for an in-depth look at cool summer drinking, and ros continues its winning streak, with top examples including 2004 Tariquet Ros, Vin de Pays des Ctes de Gascogne (5.99; Somerfield). Seal turns her attention to spirts and introduces the results of a blind tasting, which aimed to discover if it's worth paying more for a designer brand. Tanqueray 10 came out well on the gin front, but Bombay Sapphire did not. Reshnoff was the winning vodka.

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

The average bottle price for Kiwi wine may be down to 5.68 from more than 6, but there's no need to panic, says ANTHONY ROSE. New Zealand is 'still way ahead of its closest rival with only Australia and France hurdling 4 a bottle, while the rest of the world languishes on a puny 3.85'. One of the reasons for this success, he continues, is 'because it plants only two hectares to every 15ha in Australia, it has had to make its voice heard by putting quality before big brands'. Malborough is still the region in the starring role with wines such as Jackson Estate Sauvignon (9.99; Tesco), although Rose discovers that other regions and varieties are beginning to make an impact. One example is 2004 Vidal Riesling (7.50-8.24; Kingsgate Wines, Wimbledon Wine Cellar, Noel Young Wines).

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

The average bottle price for Kiwi wine may be down to 5.68 from more than 6, but there's no need to panic, says ANTHONY ROSE. New Zealand is still way ahead of its closest rival with only Australia and France hurdling 4 a bottle, while the rest of the world languishes on a puny 3.85'. One of the reasons for this success, he continues, is because it plants only two hectares to every 15ha in Australia, it has had to make its voice heard by putting quality before big brands'. Malborough is still the region in the starring role with wines such as Jackson Estate Sauvignon (9.99; Tesco), although Rose discovers that other regions and varieties are beginning to make an impact. One example is 2004 Vidal Riesling (7.50-8.24; Kingsgate Wines, Wimbledon Wine Cellar, Noel Young Wines).

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

JAMIE GOODE seeks out the best wines to suit Japanese cuisine. His first choice is 2004 Devils Rock Riesling (4.49; widely available): 'Wines like this are in danger of making German Riesling popular again. No, really.' He also picks 2004 Tesco Mcon Blanc Villages Chardonnay (4.99): 'This is a crisp, fresh all-rounder with a nice hint of lemon and apple and a minerally edge. You could match this with almost anything.' His last selection is Villa Maria Private Bin Gewurztraminer (8.25; Waitrose): 'With a sweet, musky smell of grape and melon, this remarkable white couples a rich texture with lovely fresh fruit.' n

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

Rich, aromatic and white is the order of the day from GILES KIME and he suggests trying a 2004 Villa Maria Private Bin Gewurztraminer (8.05; Waitrose) or a Brown Brothers Pinot Gris (6.99; Waitrose). n

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

In the first of a six-part series examining grape varieties, MATTHEW JUKES chooses his favourite Sauvignon Blancs. His Wine of the Week is the 'very laid-back, mellifluous' 2004 Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Martinborough (10.49; D Byrne, Connolly's of Birmingham, Hoults of Huddersfield, Philglas & Swiggot). Other examples of this 'cheery, cheeky category of wine' to get the Jukes seal of approval include 2004 Quincy, Cuve Villalin, Domaine Jacques Rouz (8.40; Haynes, Hanson & Clark); and 2005 Dolphin Bay Sauvignon Blanc (3.99; Marks & Spencer).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

Likewise, GILES KIME's New Zealand Sauvie selection includes 2004 Asda Marlborough (5.48); 2004 Jackson Estate (8.99; Waitrose); and 2004 Sanctuary (6.99; Sainsbury's).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

To accompany Chinese food, GILES KIME selects 2004 Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris (6.99; Waitrose); 2004 Cono Sur Pinot Noir (4.99; Majestic); and 2003 Via Floriana Chardonnay (3.99, Sainsbury's).

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Ara leases land to biodiesel New Zealand

Published:  23 July, 2008

Marlborough-based Winegrowers of Ara has leased 760 hectares of its land in New Zealand's South Island to solid energy business, Biodiesel New Zealand.

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Montana winery commits to green packaging

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand producer Montana has underlined its commitment to environmentally sound packaging and processes at its vineyards and wineries.

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New Zealand Tasting: Podcast

Published:  23 July, 2008

The first Harpers' podcast, sponsored by New Zealand Winegrowers and produced by the UK Wine Show, gives behind-the-scene insight at this industry tasting.

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Villa Maria picks up NZ Champion Wine Award

Published:  23 July, 2008

Villa Maria's Reserve Syrah 2006 has won the Champion Wine of Show Trophy in the 2008 Royal Easter Show.

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Villa Maria hears Pinot persuasion

Published:  23 July, 2008

Over 80 Villa Maria grape growers have heard the argument for increasing the imports of New Zealand Pinots into the UK market.

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Delegat's predicts 20% revenue increase in 2008

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand wine export firm Delegat's is predicting 20% revenue increases in 2008.

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New Masters of Wine announced

Published:  23 July, 2008

Seven new Masters of Wine (MW) were announced last night at the Institute of Masters of Wine Annual Reception including a Tesco buyer, two Australians and the first MW from Sweden.

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Cloudy Bay spices it up

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand producer Cloudy Bay is to launch its 2004 Gewurztraminer via its online search facility, Cloudy Bay Locator.

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Ros Champagne boosts LVMH sales

Published:  23 July, 2008

Luxury goods company, Louis Vuitton Mot Hennessy (LVMH), has announced its wine and spirit sales have risen 9%.

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Australia wins a third of all Gold medals

Published:  23 July, 2008

IWSC awards the country with 44 Best in Class and six Golds.

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Tesco launches autumn wine promotion

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Tesco's autumn wine festival has wine discounts of up to 50%

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Phylloxera strikes in New Zealand

Published:  23 July, 2008

A wine estate in Wairarapa has been hit by phylloxera, making it likely that the entire region will become infected.

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Special delivery: SITT?2007

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Are you being served?

Published:  23 July, 2008

Forty-two per cent of wines on restaurant wine lists are priced at more than 50 a bottle, according to research unveiled by Wine Intelligence (WI) at the inaugural Wine+ exhibition two weeks ago.

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Kiwi producers proud of diverse climate

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand's unique climatic conditions may protect its wine industry from the threat of global warming, a leading producer said at the country's annual trade tasting last week.

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Renewed zeal

Published:  23 July, 2008

WHERE: Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London NW1
WHEN: Monday, 15 January 2007 from 11am-5pm and Tuesday, 16 January 2007 from 10am-5pm
CONTACT: Alison Power at New Zealand Winegrowers on 020 7973 8079

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Full speed ahead

Published:  23 July, 2008

In the UK wine market, where suppliers have been lashed by flat sales - and some countries have started to sink, New Zealand continues to ride a wave of success. But sea changes are already underway for 2007, as the States look set to overtake the UK as New Zealand's primary export destination - despite the Kiwis sending more wine to Britain than ever before.

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WOW celebrates Christmas

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Women of Wine (WoW) Christmas party was held at the Met Hennessy HQ in London's Mayfair last month.

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New Zealand Winegrowers elect new chairman

Published:  23 July, 2008

Stuart Smith, a grape grower and winery owner in Marlborough, has been elected chairman of New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW), the national trade body. Smith will represent the industry in dealings with government and media for a one-year term. The position complements his role as chair of the national grape growers council.

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Wonderful world of Oz (Clarke)

Published:  23 July, 2008

Oz Clarke is one of the best-known names in the wine trade.

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New on-trade sales boss at Enotria

Published:  23 July, 2008

Enotria Winecellars has appointed Simon Treanor as its new on-trade sales director.

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Waitrose backs New World

Published:  23 July, 2008

Waitrose is giving the New World a boost with a New World Wine Showcase to be held in all branches from 4 to 24 September.

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The Interview - Kevin Howell, Thresher franchisee, Thresher shop, Hythe, Kent

Published:  23 July, 2008

Kevin Howell has been in the licensed trade just about all his 44 years. His parents ran the White Hart, one of major pubs in Hythe High Street in Kent. After studying at Portsmouth College, he went to work in a Peter Dominic off-licence in nearby Bearsted in Kent. He then moved to the Thresher shop in Hythe, 17 years ago. Kevin is the second person to switch from manager to fracnhisee under the new Thresher franchisee scheme. He is also vice-chairman of the local chamber of commerce.

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Ian Dunkerley, chef/proprietor, Dunkerleys

Published:  23 July, 2008

How did you get started?
I was born in Ashford (Kent) but then
we moved to Cyprus, because my father worked with the army. He became ill and died, so we returned initially to Deal but then moved to Ashford. It was full of London overspill so it was a tough environment. To keep out of trouble, I did two paper rounds, worked in a sweet shop and in a fish and chip shop - I used to have a barrow at Ashford station and served Bill Deedes (the Conservative MP and former editor of the Daily Telegraph).

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6-7 category up 27%

Published:  23 July, 2008

The 6 to 7 price band is booming in the UK's multiple grocers - with sales by volume up 27% in the last year.

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Katy HulstoneManager, The Elephant

Published:  23 July, 2008

What made you set up shop in Torquay?
Simon, my husband and the head chef, went to school round here, and his family live in Paignton, the town next door, so we know the area. People have this image of Torquay, but it's not like Fawlty Towers any more.

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Delegat's wins Oyster Bay battle

Published:  23 July, 2008

Delegat's has finally secured control of fellow New Zealand winery Oyster Bay Marlborough vineyards after a protracted takeover battle.
Delegat's had to almost double its original takeover offer of NZ$3.10 to NZ$6 a share, with the takeover taking around nine months from offer to completion. Delegat's owned 33% of Oyster Bay prior to its takeover offer and became embroiled in a bidding war with fellow shareholder Peter Yeatlands for control of the company.
Delegat's is New Zealand's third-largest producer and is fully owned by the Delegat family. The company is now expected to list on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, with an estimated value of around NZ$220m-375m.
The Delegat family is expected to sell down its holding to 65%.

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Extra special

Published:  23 July, 2008

Arthur Rackham Emporia (table 40)
Arthur Rackham Emporia is a second-generation wine merchant based in Guildford, with a wine-and-spirit-agency business complementing the traditional wine merchant. Over the past 10 years, it has been awarded The International Wine & Spirit Competition Trophy twice: first for the outstanding quality' of its wine and spirit list, the only time this trophy has been awarded, and in 2004 as European Spirit Buyer of the Year.

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Screwcap initiative goes global

Published:  23 July, 2008

The New Zealand Screwcap Initiative has decided to encompass the world and form the International Screwcap Initiative (ISI).
Chablis producer Michel Laroche, who, controversially, bottled some of his grand cru wines under screwcap, has been enlisted as European representative of the ISI, while Lorraine Carrigan has been appointed ISI coordinator.

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Happy anniversary

Published:  23 July, 2008

Time and place
New Zealand Annual Trade Tasting 2006
Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW1
Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 January
10am-5pm
Contact Alison Power at New Zealand Winegrowers
020 7973 8079

Event info
This year's tasting will feature a selection of gold medal-winning wines from the Air New Zealand Wine awards, while central varietal tables will focus on aromatics, red blends and Syrahs. On Tuesday 17 at 3.30pm, a seminar titled New Zealand Syrah - New World Fruit and Old World Structure', looking at viticultural and vinicultural influences and Hawkes Bay's dominance with Syrah, will be held in the Lord's Media Centre. Speakers include Steve Smith of Craggy Range, Kate Ormond of Te Mata, Anna-Barbara Helliwell of Unison, and Ronan Sayburn, executive head sommelier at Gordon Ramsay restaurants in London. Call Alison Power on the above number to reserve your seat.

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Escarpment joins Seckford

Published:  23 July, 2008

Seckford Wine Agencies has added New Zealand's Escarpment range to its portfolio. Escarpment is made by Larry McKenna, former chief winemaker and general manager at Martinborough vineyard. The range consists of a Pinot Gris (RSP 8.99) and a Pinot Noir (RRP 14.99).

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Going Deutsch

Published:  23 July, 2008

I think UK consumers are absolutely ready for German wines. In fact, they already prefer them - they just don't know it yet.' With these bold words, Nicky Forrest of Phipps PR puts the
case for a Teutonic revival. Phipps was appointed UK agent for the German Wine Institute in 1998, and Nicky has been directly involved ever since. Yet, given a history of year-on-year decline and margins cut to the bone, as well as the level of ingrained prejudice among consumers and the trade, she and her company face one hell of a challenge.

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Cloudy Bay founder keeps it in the family

Published:  23 July, 2008

David Hohnen, the man behind Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle, has launched a new range of Margaret River wines with the help of his daughter and brother-in-law.

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Masterminding a Kiwi coup

Published:  23 July, 2008

Following an introduction by Harpers editor Christian Davis, Sam Harrop MW kicked off the Harpers New Zealand Pinot Noir Seminar by posing a question that has been vexing many in the wine industry.

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Leading from the front

Published:  23 July, 2008

What makes great leaders in our industry?' asked Lulie Halstead at the LIWSF Wine MBA seminar.

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Wine MBA event

Published:  23 July, 2008

Five high-profile leaders in the world wine community are set to be quizzed by Harpers editor Christian Davis at a special event at this year's London International Wine & Spirits Fair.

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THE INTERVIEW - LUDOVIC PECH

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ludovic Pech - Assistant manager, Chapter One, Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, Kent Interview: Christian Davis

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THE INTERVIEW - RACHEL BROOKER

Published:  23 July, 2008

Rachel Brooker, Wine supervisor, Quaglino's, London. Interview: Josie Butchart

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THE INTERVIEW - JAMES HOCKING

Published:  23 July, 2008

James Hocking, General manager, The Vineyard Cellars, Interview: Christian Davis

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REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES

Published:  23 July, 2008

Increased use of screwcap closures has highlighted the problems of reduction in wines. But is reductive winemaking always a bad thing? Jamie Goode explains both sides of this complex topic and argues that more research could paint a different picture of terroir-driven wines

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A STING IN THE TAIL

Published:  23 July, 2008

The attacks on America and recent accidents have left the airline industry with a monumental task in restoring passenger confidence. But what effect has the downturn had on airline wine suppliers? Jo Burzynska explores the damage to the airline sector, and asks whether an upturn in trade is a flight of fancy

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CLOUDY BAY GOES SCREWCAP

Published:  23 July, 2008
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ASDA BACKS SA AND CHILE

Published:  23 July, 2008

By David Williams

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DAYS OF CHAMPAGNE DISCOUNTING ARE OVER

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis

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FORGET TV ADS, SAYS RITSON

Published:  23 July, 2008

By David Williams

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CL FINANCIAL BUYS PARAGON

Published:  23 July, 2008

By David Williams

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FISTONICH HAILS NZ CHARDONNAY

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Josie Butchart

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DAVID HOHNEN RETIRES

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Max Allen

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PINOT NOIR MAKING GROUND IN OTAGO

Published:  23 July, 2008
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KIWIS PICK UP SCREWCAP BATON

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Tim Atkin & Paul Tudor

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Watch out France, the Kiwis are coming

Published:  23 July, 2008

NZ claims place as one of the great Pinot Noir producers

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Co-op launches ethical water brand

Published:  18 January, 2007

UK: The Co-op Group is to dump its own-label water and replace it with an ethical water brand to meet consumer demand.

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Degrees of success by Jo Burzynska

Published:  18 January, 2007

As New Zealand shivered through what has been for many the coldest December on record, global warming felt an ice age away. The world may be heating up, but one of the most conspicuous climate changes in this country has been the increased frosts.

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One man's meat

Published:  18 January, 2007

New Zealanders have to endure being mistaken for their trans-Tasman neighbours with regular monotony. Yes, there's that antipodean twang, which as a new Kiwi I must admit to having confused myself. And the country does admittedly share numerous characteristics with Australia. However, those making the effort to take a closer look at the country's politics, climate, geography and indeed its wine industry, should detect some very different dynamics.

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Letters: On New Zealand

Published:  18 January, 2007

I read with great interest your excellent supplement on New Zealand; it is always good to have a critical view from abroad. I would, however, like to take issue with Stephen Skelton MW in his article An English MW in New Zealand' (p.14), which lays several claims that are essentially incorrect.

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Focus on-trade: The Analyst

Published:  18 January, 2007

John Hoskins MW is the MW student's MW, thanks to his ability as a communicator and taster. The admonishment is less stinging, and the encouragement more uplifting, because of his evident integrity, informed opinion and passion, and sound priorities. The same qualities shine through in his list at The Old Bridge Hotel in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire (where he also
has three inns), making him the wine lover's restaurateur as well.

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