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Producer Q&A: Ed Macdonald, Hunter’s Wines

Published:  07 December, 2023

Embracing regenerative viticulture, lightweight bottles and with an Offshoot label to appeal to a different demographic, this family winery stands out from the Marlborough crowd. Andrew Catchpole catches up with Ed Macdonald GM of Hunter’s Wines.


Alliance breaks new ground in New Zealand

Published:  22 May, 2023

UK importer, distributor and producer, Alliance Wine Group will soon release the inaugural vintage of its New Zealand project, Earthsong. 


NZ scientists create 6000 new SB variants to increase environmental resilience

Published:  03 May, 2023

The Bragato Research Institute in Marlborough has sequenced 6,000 genetic variants of New Zealand’s leading grape variety, developed to help tackle climate change.


New Zealand: Sauvignon’s next step

Published:  01 March, 2023

Years of research have helped to develop a deeply cultivated understanding of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at home and abroad, with clear messaging and a finely tuned wine style that appeals the world over. Jo Gilbert asks, where does the story go from here?


Producer Q&A: Haysley MacDonald, TUKU Maori Wine Collective

Published:  28 February, 2023

Launched in New Zealand in 2018, TUKU is the world’s first Maori winemakers collective, bringing together partners producing premium varietals in some of the nation’s most illustrious winegrowing regions: Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, North Canterbury and Central Otago.


New Zealand's new release tasting returns after three years

Published:  10 November, 2022

The New Zealand Winegrowers’ New Release Tasting returns next week for the first time in three years and will be held at 67 Pall Mall in London.


Freixenet Copestick picks up Wither Hills

Published:  10 February, 2022

Marlborough-based winery Wither Hills has joined the expanding family of Freixenet Copestick agencies, after the firm entered into a partnership with brand owner Lion New Zealand.


Chronic Sauvignon Blanc shortfall creates “unprecedented opportunity”

Published:  17 November, 2021

New Zealand will not be able to satisfy forecast global demand for Sauvignon Blanc in 2022, due to an exceptionally small harvest this year.


Ara Wines claims UK first with alcohol-removed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  30 June, 2021

Kiwi wine brand Ara Wines has introduced what it claims to be the first alcohol-removed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in the UK.


Jackson Estate says 2020 Marlborough vintage potential to be ‘the best ever’

Published:  14 April, 2020

Jackson Estate has said that from a viticulture perspective, the 2020 vintage in Marlborough has the potential to be "one of the best ever”.


NZ research winery to open

Published:  24 February, 2020

The Bragato Research Institute (BRI), New Zealand winegrowers’s new research winery, is to open on 27 February.


Q&A: Natalie Christensen, Yealands New Zealand

Published:  24 October, 2019

From carbonic winemaking to egg fermenters, Yealands Estate’s new chief winemaker is pushing the boundaries at its coastal Marlborough vineyard and beyond. Jo Gilbert reports


Luvian’s St Andrews' Archie McDiarmid blogs from Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough

Published:  29 January, 2019

Haere Mai, as they say in Marlborough, and welcome to Sauvignon 2019, the world’s biggest celebration of – arguably - the most popular and least well-understood grape variety around.


New Zealand's evolving vinous landscape

Published:  10 January, 2019

New Zealand’s wine scene has come a long way since its inception in the 1970s. Jamie Goode meets the personalities driving change in leading region Marlborough


Hallgarten & Novum Wines doubles Marlborough portfolio

Published:  21 June, 2018

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor for Marlborough’s Lake Chalice Wines across the on and off-trade, marking the brand’s UK debut.


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.