Todd family sells vineyards

The Todd family has sold 1500 hectare of vines and bare land to Marlborough-based wine company Indevin.

One of New Zealand's richest families has sold its entire vineyard holding in Marlborough.

Strong demand, few listings

Strong demand continues to drive house prices up in Nelson.

Low interest rates and few listings are continuing to fuel Nelson's housing market.

Tree harvester reduces accidents video

Kelly Logging's ClimbMAX tree harvester in action in Marlborough.

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

New name, same honey

Taylor Pass Honey Co chief financial officer Kelvin Deaker and managing director Darren Clifford with some of the newly branded honey.

The Honey Company has changed its name and business is booming.

Mussels healthy option for pets

Aquaculture Direct director Bruce Cardwell is working for Lintbells in Marlborough to organise research into the health benefits of greenshell mussels.

A pet health company is researching the health benefits of greenshell mussels and other natural extracts from New Zealand.

Changes at the clubs

Clubs of Marlborough chief executive Lee Davis in the Taylor Restaurant, which is being refurbished to take advantage of the opening of the ASB Theatre.

"It's been a difficult financial journey for the club, but now we are looking towards the benefits the theatre will bring."

Al fresco dining v car parks

Made in Aotearoa owner Jetti Walker wants to transform the footpath and car parks outside his restaurant into an al fresco dining area.

Neighbouring businesses shoot down restaurant's proposal to replace car parks with outdoor dining.

Spending big in January

Accommodation providers in Marlborough are reaping the benefits of strong January spending, with the region experiencing the third highest growth in the country.

"From what I've heard, the tourism industry is finally back to where it was before the Canterbury earthquakes."

Good practice standard for farmers

Environment Canterbury commissioner Peter Skelton says all farmers should have, as a starting point, a baseline nitrogen leaching rate that reflects Good Management Practice

The proposed changes seek to deal with the effects of land uses, particularly farming activities, on water quality at a region-wide level.

Richlisters sell vineyards

Todd Corporation is believed to be selling its wine company to a Marlborough wine company.

Todd Corporation is said to be selling Winegrowers of Ara to Marlborough's Indevin.

What makes Picton, Picton?

The Brand Picton Working Group, from left, group leader Juliet Gibbons, Picton Smart and Connected chairwoman Barbara Speedy and group member Patricia Berwick, is consulting with the public to find out the key characteristics of Picton's identity.

"It can't be enforced from the outside, it needs to come from within the community."

Wine's next big thing

Brancott Estate chief winemaker Patrick Materman will be one of the judges of the Winexplorer innovation challenge.

A Marlborough winery has launched a campaign to discover the next big innovation in wine.

Nervous tourists hire chauffeurs video

Christchurch-based chauffeur Robin Adams acts as both taxi driver and guide for overseas visitors. "I mother them all the way around."

Tourists too scared to take to the wheel, or wanting a more relaxing holiday, are paying to be chauffeur-driven around NZ.

Cruising's economic waves

P&O's Pacific Pearl is home-berthed in New Zealand for a record five-month tour of duty.

Cruising has become a half-billion dollar industry for New Zealand as Kiwis and foreigners discover the joys of life on the ocean waves.

Increase in domestic manufacturing sales makes up for weaker exports

Dieter Adam, chief executive of the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said a relatively strong domestic economy was making up for uncertainty in the global economy.

A survey of manufacturing in December showed an increase in domestic sales almost made up for a 10.76 per cent drop in export sales.

Providing a catalyst to succeed

Catalyst Capital founder David Taylor wants to use his skills and money to invest in Marlborough businesses.

Blenheim business expert David Taylor is looking for companies to invest in.

Last days of The Loft

Construction work to transform former Blenheim bar The Loft into a backpackers will start later this month, building owner Gary Smith says.

The project will start with earthquake strengthening before the building is converted into a hostel.

Business Buzz

Ritual cafe staff Cleonna Hocquard-D'Alliessi, Erin Rolleman, Del Lowther and Dave Lowther.

Marlborough Express reporter Oliver Lewis shares the latest business news from around the region.

Wine flight takes off

An Air New Zealand flight attendant pours a glass of wine on the first 'Wine Flight', which paired award-winning wines with views over the landscape where they were produced.

Flight attendants on two Q300 planes served the assembled media and wine experts glasses of wine from the vineyards below.

Invivo Wines move into 114-year-old winery

Te Kauwhata winery was built in 1902 by the New Zealand government as the country's first viticulture research station.

A Kiwi wine company, partly owned by British talk show host Graham Norton, is moving into a historic 114-year-old Auckland winery, with plans to centralise its operations.

Countdown to new supermarket

Work continues on the new Countdown in Redwoodtown, Blenheim.

The new Countdown in Redwoodtown, Blenheim, is opening in April.

Quality and quantity

Giesen Wines chief winemaker Nikolai St George, who moved to the company after seven years with Matua Wines.

Award-winning winemaker Nikolai St George was head-hunted from Matua Wines, starting at Giesen Wines in January.

Tourists driving up rental car demand

About 80 per cent of the 120,000 rental vehicle hires in February will be to overseas visitors.

Rental car companies expect vehicle hires to surpass 120,000 this month and visitors who haven't booked ahead could be in trouble.

Marlborough still in drought

Dark, rain clouds above the Wither Hills, which experienced much needed relief from two major rainfall events in January.

The extended classification means farmers and growers are able to access more government assistance.

Roundabout plans

A new roundabout at the intersection of State Highway 1, Rapaura Rd and Ferry Rd at Spring Creek will cost between $2.5m and $3m

Design plans for a new roundabout on State Highway 1, in Marlborough, are close to being signed off

Backing dairy despite low payouts

Spring Creek 25/75 sharemilkers James and Angie Pratt are committed to the dairy industry but feel they are moving sideways, not forward.

After 12 years, one couple remain committed to dairy farming but wonder what the future holds.

Drought status extended

Federated Farmers spokesman Tony Blunt says farmers in Kaikoura have generally been well-prepared for drought conditions but extra Government funding for the North Canterbury Trust is a big help.

A Federated Farmers spokesman says he is pleased at the Government's announcement to extended drought status for the South Island, which came earlier this month. .

Savvy celebration

New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan before the international tasting, part of the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration being held at the Marlborough Convention Centre this week.

Some of the world's top wine writers and experts have arrived for the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration.

Workers out of pocket

Horticulture is an area where there is a higher risk of employment standard breaches.

Vineyard workers struggling to pay for food and rent after a contractor defaulted on a payment.

Night class Mandarin benefits South Island businesses

Even a smattering of Mandarin can be useful for those doing business in China

Even a smattering of Mandarin is proving useful for South Islanders doing business in China

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