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Appellation Marlborough Wine tightens certification standards

Published:  18 June, 2024

Since its inception in 2018, Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) has sought to preserve and enhance the quality reputation of Marlborough wines. In that time, the organisation has established stringent quality criteria for certification, advocating for tighter industry regulations at both local and national levels, and introducing the Wine Map of Marlborough, an essential tool for understanding the region’s diversity.


NZ wine sales performing ‘ahead of trade’ in UK

Published:  07 February, 2024

The New Zealand London Annual Trade Tasting returned to Lindley Hall yesterday (7 February) on Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand.


New Zealand 2024 harvest down on last two years

Published:  31 January, 2024

With the New Zealand grape harvest just weeks away, expectations are high for this year’s crop as the warm summer continues in winegrowing regions across the country.


New Zealand eyes continued growth as annual tasting returns

Published:  26 January, 2024

The New Zealand London Annual Trade Tasting is making its return to Lindley Hall next month where it will be showcasing wines from 70 producers covering the whole of New Zealand.


New Zealand supplies back in full flow at autumn tasting

Published:  15 November, 2023

New Zealand touched down via the country’s autumn tasting in London yesterday (14 November), where winemakers were celebrating a bumper harvest in 2023 and the knock-on effect, which has provided a boost to the world’s wine supply at a time when the global crush is at an all-time low.


New Zealand exports on the rise

Published:  01 September, 2023

After three testing years due to Covid-19, New Zealand wine exports achieved their largest-ever one-year growth, with an increase of 23% in value to NZ$2.4 billion, according to the New Zealand Winegrowers Annual Report.


Esk Valley senior winemaker, Gordon Russell, steps down after ‘structural change’

Published:  25 July, 2023

Esk Valley’s senior winemaker of 30 years, Gordon Russell, has stepped down after his role was made redundant.


New Zealand becomes world’s 6th largest wine exporter by value

Published:  05 July, 2023

Producers in New Zealand are celebrating the soaring value of total wine exports, rising by 25% to $2.4 billion in the 12 months to May 2023.


C&C group to represent Yealands in the UK

Published:  05 July, 2023

C&C Group, one of the UK’s largest drinks distributors, has welcomed Yealands Wine Group into its diverse portfolio of drinks brands.


OIV elects first director general from Southern Hemisphere

Published:  12 June, 2023

Dr John Barker, the former general counsel of the New Zealand Winegrowers has been elected as the director general of The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).


Villa Maria embraces bulk in drive to cut emissions

Published:  07 June, 2023

The Indevin Group, owners of New Zealand brand Villa Maria, has announced plans to ship a selection of its wines to the UK in bulk. They will then be bottled by the firm Encric, at its plant in Cheshire.


Berkmann adds Kiwi bite with Dog Point

Published:  05 June, 2023

Berkmann Wine Cellars is strengthening its New Zealand offering with the addition of Dog Point Vineyard to its portfolio.


Hawke’s Bay crowned 12th Great Wine Capital of the World

Published:  23 May, 2023

Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s oldest wine region, has joined 11 other global wine heavyweights as the newest Great Wine Capital of the world.


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. 


Zephyr Wines joins the Bancroft Portfolio

Published:  16 May, 2023

UK importer Bancroft Wines has announced the addition of Marlborough-based Zephyr Wines to its portfolio from 1 June 2023.


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?


Clean-up underway in cyclone-damaged regions as New Zealand approaches harvest

Published:  24 February, 2023

The impact of Cyclone Gabrielle on vineyards in flooded areas in the North Island is still being assessed, but clean-up is underway as winegrowers look towards this year’s harvest, said Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers.


Boutinot heads ‘home’ to New Zealand with Heaphy acquisition

Published:  17 February, 2023

Boutinot Wines, the international producer and distributor based in Manchester, has finalised the purchase of its first-ever wholly-owned vineyard site and estate in New Zealand, Harpers can reveal.


Vine diversity project sketches path ahead for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  06 February, 2023

A plant breeding research project looking at how Sauvignon Blanc vines adapt to external stress in New Zealand could unlock the future potential for the grape when facing an increasingly ‘chaotic’ climate.