NMIT Launches New Degree in Viticulture and Winemaking

NMIT Launches New Degree in Viticulture and Winemaking – A new viticulture and winemaking degree with a strong focus on practical and applied training will be launched at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) next year. The new Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking will begin in 2015 at NMIT’s Marlborough campus. NMIT has offered viticulture and wine education for the past 23 years and previously, NMIT’s Diploma in Viticulture and Wine Production graduates were able to pathway into the Lincoln University Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology which could be studied at NMIT’s Marlborough campus. NMIT Chief Executive Tony Gray said … Continue reading


Bryan Andrews Auctioneers are having a DAIRY PLANT & EQUIPMENT auction including some stainless steel tanks suitable for wine making TUESDAY 16TH DECEMBER 368 KINGS ROAD LEESTON To View Full details and photos visit http://www.lot1.co.nz To download and print a list of items Download the Auction PDF … Continue reading

Vine Sight expands into New Zealand

Vine Sight expands into New Zealand Vine Sight’s Tom and Alison Stephens have been removing and re-working vines across Australia for more than five years. In August the business received its first New Zealand contract, opening up a range of opportunities for the business in a new market. Expert help for removing vines is now available across Australia and New Zealand and the services of a business like Vine Sight can make the job less time consuming and actually save a vineyard owner thousands of dollars in the long term. Vine Sight has spent years establishing a well-respected business in … Continue reading

Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay takes top spot at 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay takes top spot at 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards A Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay won the top prize at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards held at the Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale last night. Vidal Estate won the prestigious Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy for its Vidal Legacy Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013. The wine also won the Rabobank New Zealand Limited Champion Chardonnay Trophy. Vidal Estate, which is one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand, went on to win a third trophy, the Waitoa Free Range Chicken Champion Exhibition White … Continue reading

Small Winery Soars Sky High – Lowburn Ferry Wines

Boutique Central Otago producer Lowburn Ferry Wines has capped a string of elite awards for its wines in the past fortnight with the announcement that its pinot noirs will be served in British Airways first class cabins from early next year. Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2011 will be on board on British Airways flights on the Asia-Pacific sector from March and vineyard owners Jean and Roger Gibson say the association with this premier airline represents a significant endorsement for Lowburn Ferry. They hope the first class patrons, being more or less a “captive audience” will learn more about … Continue reading

National Wine Shows recognise Waipara Hills Aromatic Wines

National Wine Shows recognise Waipara Hills Aromatic Wines. Waipara Hills are quietly developing a fine reputation for crafting award winning aromatic wines. Medals won by Waipara Hills for their 2013 Pinot Gris and Riesling is assisting the Waipara Valley’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s finest aromatic wine producing regions. Recent success at three local wine shows; the New World Wine Awards, New Zealand International Wine Show and Canterbury’s International Aromatic Competition, includes nine medals for Waipara Hills. Waipara Hills Winemaker, Simon McGeorge is pleased to be part of the increasing success for aromatics hailing from the Waipara Valley. “These … Continue reading

Escarpment Vineyard Vintage Camp 2015

Entries to the Escarpment Vineyard Vintage Camp are now open for the 2015 year. This competition is open to aspiring hospitality sector professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of wine and how it’s made. “The wine industry needs to get behind ambitious hospitality sector professionals to encourage a greater understanding of wine production,” says Escarpment Director Larry McKenna. “For too long, many food menus and wine lists have not related to each other. With a greater understanding of how wine is made, its complexities, challenges and subtilizes we can expect more imaginative exciting wine & food menus.” The winner of … Continue reading

More than just Pure Gold for Villa Maria

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards are a true hallmark of excellence and quality in the New Zealand wine industry and yet again, Villa Maria has excelled winning 11 Pure Gold medals at the iconic event. The country’s most renowned wine competition has been running for over 30 years, with Chair of Judges Michael Brajkovich MW passing comment on the standard of the entries as “outstanding”. Brajkovich and a panel of 26 esteemed wine experts judged the 1552 wine entries and awarded a total of 749 medals, 112 of which were gold. The elite gold medal and trophy winners will … Continue reading

Blackenbrook celebrates another top award for Pinot Gris

Blackenbrook celebrates another top award for Pinot Gris A personal passion for Pinot Gris has netted Blackenbrook Vineyard in Tasman near Nelson, its fourth top award within two months! Their 2013 Pinot Gris has just brought home a gold medal from the well-respected Air New Zealand Wine Awards, after also winning a gold medal and the Trophy for best Pinot Gris at the Bragato Wine Awards 2014, held in Blenheim in September. But it’s not just the 2013 vintage that shines – the 2014 Pinot Gris has already been decorated with gold medals from Bragato Wine Awards 2014 and New … Continue reading

Air New Zealand Wine Awards marvel over Esk Valley wines

Air New Zealand Wine Awards marvel over Esk Valley wines Esk Valley continues to produce excellent wines in the Hawkes Bay, which repeatedly impresses wine judges and in turn, wins great awards. Three Pure Gold medals were awarded to Esk Valley at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards signalling the winery’s relentless commitment to quality wine, every time. Esk Valley Pre Gold Medal Winners Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013 Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Rosé 2014 Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2013 Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Rosé 2014 once again cemented itself as … Continue reading