There’s no doubt about it, Sauvignon Blanc is special. It is the varietal that awoke the world to New Zealand wine and continues to dazzle wine critics across the world. Accounting for 84% of wine exported from New Zealand, the world seems to have an insatiable thirst for Sauvignon Blanc’s crisp acidity and unmistakable ‘zing’.
New Zealand wine and New Zealand restaurants have been in partnership to modify our culinary culture for over fifty year, but a decade of neglect by wine has driven restaurants into the arms of the newly vigorous craft brewers.
The latest New Zealand organic market research report (to be launched in Parliament today, March 6) finds that the organic food and agriculture sector has grown around 25% in the past three years – an impressive feat during a time of global recession.
The seventh Deloitte/New Zealand Winegrowers benchmarking report on the wine industry, Vintage 2012, has delivered a sobering summary to the industry and to the nation’s business leaders.
One of the best arguments against this Government’s blind faith in the Pure New Zealand marketing campaign is that it gives a nod of approval to similarly facile standards in other areas of national interest. Most obvious of these is the so-called “sustainable winegrowing” project of New Zealand Winegrowers. Not only are the wines boasting sustainable winegrowing brands not sustainably grown, the wine industry risks significantly compromising its international credibility by claiming a status that is at best misguided and at worst, deceptive.
For the second time in three years, Central Otago grown Pinot Noir has won the top trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The trophies were handed out at a ceremony in Wellington at the weekend considered by New Zealand Winegrowers as the premium wine awards event in the country and the standard by which New Zealand’s wines should be measured.
New Zealand Winegrowers has released its new statistical resource, the 2012 Vineyard Register Report, which reveals that the once tiny Otago winegrowing region is now the third largest, by vineyard area, in the country.
New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country’s 1500 grape growers and winemakers, announced today the election of Steve Green as chair and John Clarke as deputy chair.
The latest annual report of New Zealand Winegrowers offers sobering statistics for an industry facing a sharp increase in its costs of production for the 2012 vintage.
Chairman of New Zealand Winegrowers, Marlborough wine grower Stuart Smith has announced his plans to retire from his position at the next election.
With long time frontman for Nelson wines Mike Brown stepping down, the region has a new champion, viticulturist Richard Flatman.
The smaller than expected 2012 New Zealand vintage may be good news for the stressed sauvignon blanc sector, but it carries a less positive message for red wine producers, especially those in the pinot noir game.