Right cut can yield top crop

Ani Waitai

CHLOE WINTER - The Marlborough Express

Endless hours are spent in the vineyards during winter preparing vines. Cloudy Bay viticulturist Jim White showed wine reporter Chloe Winter the ropes.

Panel puts pest strategy to the test

A mock biosecurity response meeting on a pest that could kill grapevines was played out in front of hundreds of wine delegates in Blenheim yesterday.

Low way to go, Key tells wine researchers

Plant and Food Marlborough Research Centre's low-alcohol, low-calorie wine research has won Prime Minister John Key's backing.

Marlborough growers honoured at awards

Four Marlborough growers were honoured at this year's Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

Plenty of 'gems' are on offer

Hawkshead Vineyard


When it's cold outside there's nothing nicer than settling in somewhere cosy, preferably with great wine and food on offer.

Sustainability vital to NZ, seminar told

Sustainable wine growing is a direction rather than a destination, says New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability committee chairman Gwyn Williams.

Wine industry reflects economy - Key

Air NZ

John Key held up the wine industry as a model of NZ's economy on a visit to Blenheim yesterday.| Quality bottles success

Quality bottles success

wine exports

Chloe Winter looks at NZ's wine export markets - where are they, how they developed and what the future holds.

Green: Region reaching limit of vineyard land

Winegrowers chairman says Marlborough will reach limit of viable vineyard land at some point.

Easy drinking

Simon Fell

When we received some Thornbury wines for review, we realised our collective memory regarding the history of the label, and where it now sits in the scheme of things, is a little rusty.

Sustainability focus for wine conference


The Marlborough Express

Succession and sustainability are two of the topics to be covered at the 2014 New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato National Conference in Blenheim.

Health warnings on NZ wine not likely

New Zealand wine companies will not be forced to display cigarette-style warning labels on their wine bottles, despite it being considered by the British Government, New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan says.

To or not cellar


Iconoclast or provocateur - both could be applied to Matt Kramer, who appeared in Wine Spectator under the sub-heading: Is it worth it to age wines anymore?

Scientific winemaking contribution 'rewarding'

Marlborough Research Centre

As Marlborough's wine industry continues to grow, there is a group quietly working in the background, supporting winemakers.

NZ bucks global trend with wine increase

New Zealand is the only "major grape-producing country" to see a rise in volume and value of wine exports for the first quarter of the year.

Marlborough wines awarded trophies

Ralph Kyte-Powell

Five Marlborough wines won top honours at this year's Spiegelau Wine Competition.

Miles to go before the story's done

We did a double take when we saw the headline "Scots grandmother's wine is the toast of New Zealand" - in The Scotsman newspaper.

Push for wine that won't 'knock you flat'

Low-alcohol wines are moving away from the flavourless, thin drops of the past to a new hi-tech era of varieties that hold their body and weight, a leading wine judge says.

Marlborough on-point to win younger wine buffs

Marlborough wineries might need to change tactics as baby boomers' influence declines, a report says.

Grape growers face change

Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the Yea

Marlborough grape growing subregions once seen as too cool will be perfect sites for growing grapes in the future, experts say.

Region ranks fourth in global wine poll

Wine trail

Marlborough is in fourth place in a USA Today poll of the world's best wine regions, with voting set to close in a few hours. | Vote for Marlborough

Glass half full for industry

Sekope Lopeti

Wine reporter Chloe Winter spoke to four-long serving members of the Wine Marlborough Board about why they are standing down and what's next for our wine industry.

Nautilus toasts global success

Sekope Lopeti

Within 30 years, Nautilus Estate has grown from an ambitious idea to a world-renowned premium wine brand.

Wineries expand to meet demand

St Peter Chanel church

Business is booming at Marlborough wineries, with several expanding to meet increased demand.

Singular wines a hallmark of O:TU


Jan Kux began as CEO and winemaker for O:TU in 2010. Since that time he has stepped down from the former role to focus more squarely on wine quality.

Region's young viticulturists compete for title


CHLOE WINTER - The Marlborough Express

Six top of south viticulturists will put their skills to the test when they vie for the title of Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the Year on Friday.

Two vineyards put up for sale

To Waihopai Valley vineyards put on the market by Marlborough vintner and Australian partners.

Pansy! Rose is one for the boys

Wine can be all about the occasion - an event or situation can have a profound influence on how we regard a wine's qualities.

Montana wins most trusted accolade

Marlborough wine brand Montana has been named the most trusted in the country this year.

Study aims to help vineyards blitz pest

A small beetle that eats vine leaves, shoots, and buds is becoming a big problem in organic Marlborough vineyards, a vineyard manager says.

Marlborough wines draped in gold

The Marlborough Express

Thirty-six Marlborough wines have been awarded gold medals at the 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition.

Wines with a tale

Sometimes our wine column starting point might come from as random an act as typing in "wine story" on Google - which is what I did for this column.

Wine competiton in full flow

Belinda Jackson

Judges are kicking off day two at the Spiegelau International Wine Competition by tasting more than 170 sauvignon blanc wines that have come from all over the world.

Revamp for cafe, cellar starts

Surprise planned for Saint Clair revamp

Saint Clair Family Estate

Saint Clair Cellar Door and Cafe will be closing for eight weeks so it can get a fresh coat of paint and an extended kitchen.

Pinot noir makes a mark

More to Marlborough than sauvignon blanc

 Kevin Judd

Greywacke founder Kevin Judd took wine reporter Chloe Winter on a tour of his pinot noir vineyards to share his story on the rise of pinot noir in Marlborough.

A drop for every season

It's now the middle of winter and we are more inclined to think rich, warming red wines - but what of our favourite white varieties?

IRD debt forced contractor's liquidation

Blenheim vineyard contracting company Vine 2 Wine fell behind in their payments to the IRD, which forced them into liquidation in May.

Growers go slow for less damage

Steam Wharf Track

Damaged wires have resulted in some Marlborough grape growers choosing to prune by hand, rather than use machines to strip them.

Vineyards struggling to find 'strong committed' workers

Teana Tongaia

Marlborough vineyard contractors are struggling to find "strong" and "committed" workers.

Region toasts return of wine conference

Marlborough to host New Zealand's largest wine conference for the third year in a row.

A wise move by an innovative company

Villa Maria

When wines from the latest vintage are released, we often see new labels being launched at the same time - and this year sees a new range of wines from the Villa Maria stable.

Malbec makes for flavoursome blend



'Great future' in low-alcohol wines

Thirteen Marlborough wine companies are investing in the industry's largest research and development project to date in low-alcohol wines.

Eating humble pie with old bottle of mead


Sometimes our role as wine reviewers can see us being put on the spot when someone hands us a glass and asks us to name the wine.

Quality and quantity in record harvest

A combination of great weather and high demand led to a record wine harvest in Marlborough.

Vines make room for $17m extension

Awatere Valley Rd

Millions of dollars are being invested in winery extensions in Marlborough to meet demand.

IRD liquidates vine contractor

Blenheim contractors Vine 2 Wine have been forced into liquidation after six years in business.

Top quality tipped despite April rains


Despite challenges from the late season rain, Marlborough winemakers are positive about the 2014 vintage, Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens says.

Bottle lines go into full production

Sam Carter

With pruning well under way and wine fermenting in tanks and barrels, bottling lines throughout the country are working non-stop to get Marlborough's 2014 vintage to market.

Talks on job cuts at winery


Treasury Wine Estates, who own Matua Marlborough, will speak to those affected by plans to axe 175 jobs.
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