Toi Toi Marlborough Awarded Best Sauvignon Blanc


Click Here to find out more...2014 has been recognized as the top of its class, being awarded Best Sauvignon Blanc at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015.

Judged by a respected panel of wine experts, the San Francisco International Wine Competition is the largest, most influential wine competition in America. Over three days last week more than 50 international judges, including two from New Zealand, blind tasted more than 4,900 wines from 1,400 wineries in 26 countries to find the best of the best.

Toi Toi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 scored the highest points of any Sauvignon Blanc entered in the San Francisco Competition, collecting the title of Best Sauvignon Blanc and being awarded a Double Gold Medal.

Two other Toi Toi wines achieved success in the San Francisco International Wine Competition: Toi Toi Central Otago Clutha Pinot Noir 2014 was awarded a Silver Medal and the company’s innovative new Hidden Treasure Marlborough Pink Sauvignon 2014 won a Silver Medal.

These awards came in the same week Toi Toi collected two awards at the 2015 Selections Mondiales des Vins (SMV) Championship, in Québec. Judges there tasted 2,151 wines, only giving accolades to the top 30% of entries. Toi Toi collected two awards; a Gold Medal for its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and a Silver Medal for Toi Toi Marlborough Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013.

Toi Toi Wines
Toi Toi Wines was established in 2006 by New Zealand couples; Andrew and Julie Bonner and Kevin and Sara Joyce. They create quality, affordable wines which reflect the natural beauty and intensity of New Zealand, particularly Marlborough and Central Otago. The wines are exported around the world including to; Australia, the UK and USA. The Toi Toi collection includes; Sparkling Rosé, Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Late Harvest Dessert wine. This year the company added an innovative new wine Hidden Treasure Pink Sauvignon 2014 – Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with a dash of Pinot Noir.

Toi Toi Wines are widely available throughout New Zealand and Australia.

For further information contact:
Nicola McConnell, Brand Amp, or 027 218 8120

Organic Vines Shine in Side-by-Side Trial

Press release: Organic Vines Shine in Side-by-Side Trial
The final results of a groundbreaking three-year national organic grapegrowing trial are in – and the organic vines have come out shining.

About the project

Gibbston Valley Wines – Central Otago

In the Organic Focus Vineyard Project, three vineyards in different wine regions were transitioned to organic production while their wine industry peers watched every move. Scientific technicians and vineyard managers monitored the outcomes, from soil health to grape yields and wine quality. Half of each vineyard was left under conventional management as a comparison.

The three-year trial was funded by the MPI Sustainable Farming Fund and New Zealand Winegrowers, in response to a major upsurge in organic wine production. Organic grapegrowing has been one of the fastest-growing organic industries in the country in recent years, as leading wineries seek to eliminate toxic chemical use and improve wine quality.

Mission Estate – Hawke’s Bay

The participating vineyards were chosen to represent a cross-section of different growing scenarios across New Zealand: Wither Hills in Marlborough, Mission Estate in Hawkes Bay and Gibbston Valley Wines in Central Otago.

The project was initiated by grower organisation Organic Winegrowers New Zealand. “We’ve seen so many vineyards go organic in recent years, but all of the information and learning was anecdotal,” said project coordinator Rebecca Reider. “We undertook this project to blaze a trail for others to follow, and to give everyone in the industry a closer look at the true costs and benefits involved.”

Throughout the trial, local winegrowers in each region attended field days to witness and discuss the progress of the organic vineyards. A website shared organic practices and outcomes in real time.

The Results

The organic vineyards generally succeeded across the board. Once the trial was over, all of the involved wineries chose to maintain or expand their organic growing areas.

Wither Hills – Marlborough

Mission Estate had the most straightforward transition. Vineyard managers there discovered that they could grow organic grapes for less than it cost them to grow conventional grapes – with hardly any loss in yields, and no pest and disease problems.

Some blocks at the other vineyards needed more support through the organic transition, particularly to help compacted soils recover from years of agrichemical use. Still, participating vineyard managers and winemakers were highly satisfied with the results, on the vine and in the bottle.

“The project provided valuable practical recommendations on the organic conversion process,” said Jonathan Hamlet, chair of Organic Winegrowers New Zealand. “The monitoring results showed that excellent disease control was possible with organic management. A number of the blocks showed it was possible once organic management was established to have equivalent production costs. The trial showed that there can be challenges in achieving high yield targets, so a very proactive approach to nutrition and vigour management is needed. The feedback from the winemakers involved in the project was very positive about the quality of the organic wines.”

The final report from the project has just been released. A summary of results, and a downloadable PDF of the full report, are posted at

For more information:
Rebecca Reider, Project manager
+64 27 359 4522

2015 Mission Estate Light Pinot Gris Released


Mission Estate is one of the first New Zealand wineries to kick off the 2015 vintage – with the release of its 2015 Mission Estate Light Pinot Gris.

Mission Estate 2015 Light Pinot Gris (Medium)This delicious wine that bursts with flavor contains 25% less alcohol than the standard Mission Estate Pinot Gris.

Since launching in 2014, the organically grown, naturally crafted, lighter in alcohol Mission Estate Pinot Gris has enjoyed rapid growth.

Winemaker, Paul Mooney, from Mission Estate, says: “There has been a booming trend for lifestyle wines as well as a greater consumer demand for lower alcohol varieties following the new alcohol laws – these factors have helped create a strong niche in the market place.”

“When we took the decision to create a lower alcohol wine, we weren’t prepared to compromise on the quality of the product – and wanted to create something that would still deliver on taste.”

“The grapes for our 2015 Mission Estate Light Pinot Gris are therefore harvested early and ferment naturally – creating a wine that is lighter in alcohol, yet still a crisp, beautifully balanced example of a classic Pinot Gris.”

Mission Estate Light Pinot Gris is available in selected supermarkets and liquor stores across New Zealand – RRP $15.99.

Prepared on behalf of Mission Estate Winery by the pr shop. For further information, please contact Lindsay Stanley, (09) 360 0385 or

Marlborough Hosts First Organic and Biodynamic Wine Event

Marlborough hosts first organic and biodynamic wine event in July – Tuesday, 2 June 2015, 3:03 pm – Press Release: Organic Winegrowers

The country’s first major Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference will be held July 8-10 at the Marlborough Convention Centre, marking a coming-of-age for the organic and biodynamic wine movement in New Zealand.

The Conference will bring together world leaders in organic and biodynamic grape growing, winemaking and wine business to exchange ideas with New Zealand’s wine industry.

From humble beginnings, the New Zealand organic wine industry has blossomed rapidly in recent years. Over 90 companies are now involved in certified organic grape and wine production.

Themed “Below, Above and Beyond,” the Conference will encompass how organic wine begins in the vineyard; how it transforms in the winery; and how it travels out into the wider world to be enjoyed.

The three-day event will also feature a New Zealand organic wine tasting, an international organic wine tasting, and a sumptuous Organic Feast prepared by award-winning chef Bevan Smith of Riverstone Kitchen in Oamaru.

The Conference is being organised by grower association Organic Winegrowers New Zealand. “We want to provide information from research and practitioners to ease the pathway of those looking to change to organic growing, and also to share experiences amongst those already involved,” said viticulturist Bart Arnst, one of the lead organisers of the event. “Ultimately, the conference will show that organic production works, and that there is a growing demand out there.”

International speakers include:

• Philippe Armenier, a French winemaker and vineyard consultant who has pioneered biodynamic viticulture internationally;

• UK-based Monty Waldin, author of many books on organic and biodynamic wine;

• Graeme Sait, a leader in the field of health, nutrition, soils and biological agriculture;

• Australian wine writer and wine judge Max Allen.

Practical vineyard presentations at the conference will range from nitrogen management to water use to biological disease control. Panels on natural yeasts and wild ferments are expected to generate bubbling discussion amongst winemakers. Branding, marketing, and consumer appeal will also get a good look, with noted wine journalists and business leaders presenting.

Registration is open now via the conference website:


The Irrefutable Success of Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

Vidal Legacy Chardonnay

Vidal Legacy Chardonnay

Quality, concentration and excellent balance are only a few words to describe the Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012 which has picked up another accolade to add to its growing history book of awards. This incredible wine picked up the Hawkes Bay Chardonnay Trophy at the 2015 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London, “one of the most respected blind wine-tasting competitions in the world”. Charles Metcalfe, IWC Co-Chairman

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is now in its 32nd year and is widely accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.

This isn’t the first time the Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012 has hit the headlines with other awards including:

  • Champion Wine of Show and Bragato Trophy Winner Bragato Wine Awards 2014
  • White exhibition class Trophy Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
  • Trophy for New Zealand’s top White Wine Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014

Chardonnay is a large focus for the Vidal Estate viticulture and winemaking teams. This accolade further cements the already strong relationship between quality and Chardonnay at the Estate.

“Once again Hawkes Bay has been recognised for the production of high quality Chardonnay. There is no question of the appropriateness of our soils and climate for this variety. It’s these natural elements that combine with local knowhow in the vineyard and winery, along with a good dose of passion, which has made Chardonnay a leading light in Hawkes Bay. In an international context it is quickly being understood that these wines are undervalued. This will change.” Hugh Crichton – Vidal Estate Winemaker

Jennifer Watts PR Manager Vidal Estate
Tel: +64 (9) 255 1754

Hugh Crichton Winemaker
Tel: + 64 (6) 872 7444