Wine

Soho keeping it sexy, fun and quality focused

The Soho Wine Co success story is also, in part, a Marlborough success story. Contract winemaking is central to the quality of Soho's wines.

Wine award has special meaning for Marisco

CHLOE WINTER - The Marlborough Express

Vines planted by late Blenheim businessman John Marris were used to make a wine named champion at the New World Wine Awards.

Spreading the word about wine

Tessa Nicholson

Blenheim woman Tessa Nicholson is celebrating her 10th year as editor of Winepress. Chloe Winter caught up with her to chat about a job she loves.

Fingers crossed for vineyards after frosts

Felicity Thompson

While the snow on the mountains may look fantastic and Rainbow Ski field is delighted with the fresh snow, it is the last thing grape growers want to see.

Race to deliver latest vintage

Sailors and vintners ready for challenge

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Wineries are urged to jump on board to race across Cook Strait to hand-deliver their 2014 vintage in this year's Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race.

Constellation head 'born into wine'

 Joe Stanton

There was more than the usual amount of interest in Constellation's mid-winter grape grower's lunch due to the presence of new CEO Sam Glaetzer.

Interactive map to benefit wine sector

Frost sprinklers

An interactive map presenting a detailed picture of Marlborough's vineyards has been launched.

Whirr of warm air fends off frost

Frost sprinklers

At least 10 helicopters rumbled around Marlborough early yesterday protecting vineyards from frost damage.

Wines with the wow factor

There are four new Brancott Estate Limited Edition World of WearableArt Awards Series wines that are worth showing off at the table.

Grape expectations

art by night

The annual Marlborough grape harvest creates 38,000 tonnes of waste material called marc. Reporter Cathie Bell looks at what might be done with it.

Claims of slump in wine sales rejected

News of wine sales slowdown has been shot down by New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive officer Philip Gregan.

Rockburn pinots remain on a roll

We look at a really delightful selection of wines this week - ranging from good quality everyday styles to those that suit a special occasion, a place in the cellar - or both.

Norton's wine proving a hit with fans

TV star's tipple 'selling like hot cakes'

Ashburton Winz office

The first bottles of British talk show host Graham Norton's signature wine, made with Marlborough grapes, go on sale.

Pinot at Cloudy Bay 'world-class' event

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About 70 winemakers, retailers and wine lovers gathered for this year's Pinot at Cloudy Bay event.

Wine judging not for the faint of heart

dead dolphin

Peter Norice worked as a steward at the 2014 International Spiegelau Wine Competition and was able to gain first-hand insight into the judging process.

Tasting an international occasion

 Nick Lane

Seventy people will taste some of the most expensive and exclusive pinot noirs from around the world this weekend at the Pinot at Cloudy Bay event in Marlborough.

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

PETER NORICE AND DEBORAH WALTON-DERRY - The Marlborough Express

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

Marquees

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

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

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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

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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.