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New Zealand wine exports up 8%

Published:  05 February, 2020

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced wine exports from the country increased 8% in 2019 reaching a record value of $1.86bn.


NZ tasting: alternative styles playing expanding role in export growth

Published:  16 January, 2020

Rosé, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are among a slew of ‘alternative’ varieties and styles notching up a greater share of New Zealand’s collective wine exports, as “international appetite grows to expand the range”.


Villa Maria hires Matt Deller

Published:  15 January, 2020

Leading Kiwi wine producer Villa Maria has picked Matt Deller MW as its new chief global sales and marketing officer.


Louis Latour adds two from NZ

Published:  09 December, 2019

Louis Latour Agencies is to list New Zealand’s Pyramid Valley and Smith & Sheth wines from February 2020.


Ditch ‘low and no’ for ‘lighter’ wine to engage wellness generation, say Kiwi winemakers

Published:  12 November, 2019

A collaboration of New Zealand producers dedicated to producing naturally lower alcohol wines is urging the trade to step beyond the low/no bunker mentality and “celebrate great wines with 30-40% less alcohol”.


Yealands appoints new CEO

Published:  12 November, 2019

Yealands Wine Group has appointed Tiffani Graydon as it new CEO, taking over from Adrian Garforth MW who took up the role of Yealands global brand ambassador & board advisor in July.


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


Appellation Marlborough Wine grows to 49 members

Published:  22 October, 2019

Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) has reached a total of 49 members in the 18 months since launch, boasting over 90 certified wines from some of the region’s leading wine producers.


Friday Read: Hide’s Julia Sewell on NZ setting benchmark for land custodianship

Published:  18 October, 2019

New Zealand Winegrowers’ Sommit 2019 gave 16 international somms the chance to explore 200 years of winemaking from Northland to Otago. 


New Zealand winemakers prep for bicentenary celebrations

Published:  24 September, 2019

Not many wine regions can claim to know exactly when the first vine was planted in their country.


New Zealand Winegrowers appoints two new general managers

Published:  11 September, 2019

New Zealand Winegrowers has appointed two new general managers – Charlotte Read and Ed Massey.


New Zealand Winegrowers and WSET sign up for global partnership

Published:  28 August, 2019

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has a new financial backer in the form of New Zealand Winegrowers, which has become one of the educator’s corporate patrons.


International demand for New Zealand shows no sign of slowing

Published:  27 August, 2019

International demand for New Zealand wine is showing no sign of slowing, with total export up 6% to a record $1.83bn, on volumes up 5% to 270 million litres, for the year ended June 2019, according to the 2019 Annual Report of New Zealand Winegrowers.


Looking ahead: Chris Stroud, marketing manager Europe, New Zealand Winegrowers

Published:  09 August, 2019

As the first half of 2019 draws to a close, Harpers asked key trade figures to highlight the current challenges, ongoing trends and opportunities


Villa Maria hails “greatest ever harvest”

Published:  12 July, 2019

Top kiwi winemaker Villa Maria is full of enthusiasm for its wines from the 2019 vintage, with “numerous highlights” from the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne areas leading the winery to declare its best ever harvest.


Time to change perception of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  27 June, 2019

New Zealand’s much-loved Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc needs to change its ‘drink now’ image to help boost consumer understanding of its more complex, premium and age-worthy styles.


Brancott Estate brings low calorie and low abv range back to the UK

Published:  21 June, 2019

Brancott Estate is gearing up to re-introduce its low calorie and lighter abv range, Flight Series, to the UK.


New Zealand declares ‘small but stunning’ vintage

Published:  14 June, 2019

New Zealand Winegrowers has declared the 2019 vintage as ‘small but stunning’.


Davy’s teams up with New Zealand winery

Published:  08 April, 2019

Indie wine merchant and wholesaler Davy’s has announced an exclusive distribution partnership with New Zealand estate, Te Kano.


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

Published:  12 February, 2019

The major focus of the final day of Sauvignon 2019 was ‘Pursuit’ – both of new customers and of new styles – as New Zealand looks to broaden the appeal of its hero grape without losing the affection of the millions of customers worldwide who have super-charged the country’s remarkable growth as a winegrowing power.