Sustainability

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand is widely recognised as a world-leading sustainability programme. Established in 1997, it was the first national sustainability programme in the global wine industry. To New Zealand’s winemakers and grape growers, sustainability means delivering excellent wine to consumers while helping the natural environment, local businesses and the communities involved. It is a holistic approach to winegrowing and…

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Wairarapa

Wairarapa means ‘glistening waters’ in Māori. It is an area initially renowned for stunning Pinot Noir – in addition to Chardonnay, aromatic whites, Syrah and dessert wines. Martinborough Named after the founding runholder John Martin, the town of Martinborough was laid out in the form of a Union Jack! With its cool climate and Burgundian soil profile, Martinborough was first…

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Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s second largest wine region. A warm, temperate climate makes the Hawkes Bay region ideal for fruit. Vines were first planted in 1851 by missionaries – the area is now known as Mission Winery. Hawke’s Bay has an international reputation for producing high quality Bordeaux Blends (primarily from Cabernet and Merlot ), in addition to Syrah and Chardonnay.…

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Central Otago

Central Otago is the world’s southernmost commercial wine growing region, famous for producing outstanding Pinot Noir as well as vivid, aromatic whites. ‘ The extreme climate rewards careful site selection with wines of great intensity and finesse, and encourages an increased focus on sub-regional expression. ‘ www.nzwine.com Alexandra The southernmost of the subregions with a climate is dry and hot…

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Marlborough

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine region and accounts for nearly 75% of wine production. A cool climate with long sunshine hours, low rainfall and well-draining, moderately fertile soils produces uniquely vivid wines. Sauvignon Blanc put New Zealand on the world wine map in the 1980. Since then, Marlborough has become synonymous with exquisite Sauvignon Blancs, vivacious aromatics, beautiful Pinot…

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A Seat at the Table

‘If you make fine wine, France is the benchmark. Or are they?’ A Seat at the Table is the story of the New Zealand wine industry – and examines the preconceptions people have about Old and New World wine. New Zealand winemakers have won international recognition for the quality of their wines – but have they done enough to earn…

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Why Screwcaps?

Screwcaps used to be the closure of choice for cheaper wines, but not any more! Cork taint impacts roughly 5% of wines. There are other problems associated with its natural variability – namely random oxidation and varying oxygen transmission which can lead to uneven ageing. Screwcaps have become mainstream – particularly in the new world.  They’re popular among wine drinkers…

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