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Here’s a selection of some great NZ wines, including three…
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As you travel around the region supporting local businesses you…
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For the last couple of years Old House Vineyards has been placed second in the competition with fruit grown on their vineyard in Old House Road and turned into delicious wine by winemaker Pat Stowe. Owners, Ian Bathgate and his wife Jeanne relocated from the U.K. with their two sons several years ago and bought a former Spencer Hill vineyard.
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This month, folks, we are exploring the theme of dichotomy. It’s…
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During lockdown last year I wrote a series of columns about…
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Wine drinkers have lots to look forward to as wine show season gets underway and wines from some of New Zealand’s latest and greatest vintages are put to the taste test.
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The 2021 Women in Wine NZ Mentoring Programme is underway as eleven women mentors working in the New Zealand wine industry have volunteered to share their experiences and knowledge to mentor eleven other women in the industry
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Wine producers in the Nelson region are a very lucky bunch of people, the soil and climate conditions here mean they are able to produce a number of varieties incredibly well unlike some other regions, Chardonnay is one of those varieties.
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In the wine industry, in almost every situation, the winery owners employ a winemaker to turn their perfectly ripe fruit into delicious wine; Steve Gill is the winemaker for the Te Mania and Richmond Plains labels.