Villa Maria named fourth most admired wine brand in the world

Today, Drinks International, one of the most trusted and respected global drink journals, named Villa Maria as the fourth most admired wine brand in the world, the only New Zealand winery to make the top 10 list. More than 200 of the world’s top masters of wine, sommeliers, educators and journalists took part in the annual poll, which pits wine brands from all regions, styles and qualities against each other. The Academy of Masters of Wine, sommeliers, educators and journalists were tasked with critiquing and recognising the ‘Most Admired Wine Brands’ in the world and measured against the following list: … Continue reading

Discover Left Field Wines

Discover the birthplace of the unexpected, the weird and the wonderful. Discover Left Field wines. It’s been a journey full of discovery, exploration and creativity for Left Field, as the wine creations are released to the world. A part of the wider Te Awa Collection including Te Awa Single Estate and Kidnapper Cliffs, Left Field wines roam wild, allowing whimsical imagination and creativity to reign. They explore areas outside the stunning Te Awa Single Estate in Hawkes Bay, discovering sites, grapes and creatures beyond the boundaries known. New Zealand has always retained a freestyle approach to exploration, creativity and imagination … Continue reading

Family of Twelve announces David Way as winner of the inaugural ‘Family of Twelve MW Scholarship’.

New Zealand’s Family of Twelve announces David Way as winner of the inaugural ‘Family of Twelve MW Scholarship’. New Zealand’s Family of Twelve and the Institute of Masters of Wine are delighted to announce that David Way is the recipient of the inaugural ‘Family of Twelve MW Scholarship’. Based in Hampshire in the United Kingdom, David is a second-year student in the Institute’s Study Programme. David’s scholarship will comprise of return travel from the UK to New Zealand for a ten to twelve day immersion in the diversity of New Zealand Wine at its best, spending time with all twelve … Continue reading

2015 Organic Wine Awards Launch

Dear Organic Vineyards! After a successful inaugural awards in 2014, I am proud to introduce the 2015 NZ Organic Wine Awards. Created to find, promote and showcase New Zealand’s best organic wines the second annual NZ Organic Wine Awards. Sticking to our core values, the awards will again be without a big name sponsor, feature volunteer judges, and have zero entry fee’s. This allows us to maintain complete neutrality, with no external pressures and focus on promoting the best NZ Certified organic wine available! We will also be tweaking some of our categories to make understanding the medals more intuitive, and … Continue reading

2014 A golden vintage for Waipara Hills

Waipara Hills received two gold medals at the highly anticipated 2015 New Zealand Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. In less than a week since the recent Cuisine Magazine, New Zealand Riesling tasting results, where the 2014 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling took home the number one spot with 5 stars and a best buy award, the team have done it again with two of New Zealand’s other great Aromatic varieties. At the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, Waipara Hills won Gold medals for both its 2014 Waipara Valley Pinot Gris and 2014 Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer, an outstanding result from the … Continue reading

The Claim to fame – Gold for Claim 431 Mud House Pinot Noir

The 2013 Mud House Single Vineyard Claim 431 Central Otago Pinot Noir has won Gold at the 2015 New Zealand Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, adding another feather in the cap of the Claim 431 Vineyard in Bendigo, Central Otago. 2013 was a fantastic vintage; fruit flavours were balanced, vibrant and pure with silky tannin, bright acidity and soft wood spice. This aided the typical Bendigo characters of perfumed wild berry with spice and complexity on the palate. Group Winemaker, Ben Glover, believes the vineyard is beginning to come into its own, after being planted 12 years ago. “We are … Continue reading

Gold again for Esk Valley Rosé

Esk Valley Estate’s Hawkes Bay Rosé continues to impress wine judges across the nation, by picking up yet another gold medal at this year’s Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. The Royal Easter Show Wine Awards is New Zealand’s longest running wine competition, this year marking its 62nd year since its establishment. Now legendary for his top performing, premium Rosé, its clear Esk Valley winemaker Gordon Russell is at the forefront of producing a hallmark New Zealand wine which ‘wows’ every time. “Since 1991, we have loved making Rosé, producing a wine that has long been regarded as the benchmark New … Continue reading

Golden glow for Villa Maria at 2015 Royal Easter Wine Show

Villa Maria Estate picked up five gold medals at this year’s Royal Easter Show Wine awards. The show is New Zealand’s oldest and longest running national wine competition with 1,222 wines entered into its 62nd season. In its 53rd year, Villa Maria can attribute its award winning beginnings to the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards where it won its first medal in 1962. Now, over 35 years later, Villa Maria remains committed to being New Zealand’s most awarded winery, picking up an award at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards every year since. Villa Maria Gold medals Villa Maria Cellar … Continue reading

Vidal Estate excels with Chardonnay at Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

Vidal Estate Winemaker Hugh Crichton is continuing to display his Chardonnay expertise by winning two gold medals for his signature varietal, at the iconic Royal Easter Show Wine Awards this year. This gold medal triumph follows what has been an incredible 12 months for Hugh and the team at Vidal Estate. Their Chardonnays have picked up Champion Wine of Show at prestigious competitions such as Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Bragato Wine Awards and also won the trophy for top New Zealand white wine at Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Last year was also a landmark year with the introduction of … Continue reading

Chard Farm Winery Celebrating 25 years

Chard Farm Winery’s celebrating 25 years on the farm this Friday 20 and Saturday 21 Feb with a family-friendly locals’ Open Day (Saturday) to say a big ‘Thank-you’ to our community. Head on down and celebrate with them or if you can’t check out this excellent wee 10 min video with the lovely Yvonne Lorkin to learn all about them. … Continue reading