Every plant is different

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Every plant is different

Written by Victoria Clark

Grapevines are not unlike weeds, in that they grow vigorously and need controlling, says Tranja Fry, but unlike weeds, they bring her immense pleasure and she has spent more than 20 years getting to know every vine in her vineyard, Fossil Ridge.

“I enjoy learning about each plant, getting to know it and training it,” says Tranja. “Every plant is different. I like the challenge of pruning them to ensure they’ll perform every season.

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My most favourite time is harvest

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My most favourite time is harvest

Written by Victoria Clark

Twenty-eight vintages on since Jenny Wheeler and her partner Andrew Greenhough established Greenhough Wines, Jenny still marvels at the influence the weather – Mother-Nature - has on the wines we eventually pour and savour.

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Beths Heavens' field

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Beths Heavens' field

Written by Victoria Clark

As a child, Beth Eggers planned on “buying a bit of land and raising sheep” once she was old enough.

She grew up and trained in nursing - “something I said I would never do,” she laughs. But, her determination to fulfil her childhood dream never wavered – although, when she visited the centuries-old vineyards of Germany, she happily adjusted that dream to include a little vineyard.

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Trudy's tricks

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Trudy's tricks

Written by Victoria Clark

Winemaker Trudy Sheild will never forget her first harvest job in the Hunter Valley when her workmate - an Australian named Nigel - assured her: “You don’t need to be a big, burly bloke to be good at this, you just need to know a few tricks.”

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Young Viticulturist

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Young Viticulturist

We're excited to have Blake Tahapehi from Spencer Hill Estate competing in the Bayer South Island Regional Young Viticulturist competition, which is brand new in 2018 and open to contestants from Nelson, Canterbury and Waitaki. The winner will go on to represent their own region at the National Final. 

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Sommit™ 2018 post event report

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Sommit™ 2018 post event report

Now in its third year, the Sommit™ has developed into a coveted wine experience within international sommelier communities. Attended exclusively by sommeliers, and targeted exclusively to their interests, it is a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with particular emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community. Each Sommit™ is restricted to 20 attendees, including hosts Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong MW, and involves sommeliers from all over the world. 

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Topsy-turvy vintage NZV18

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Topsy-turvy vintage NZV18

Author - Steve Gill, Winemaker Te Mania Wines

The growing season started with dry summer type conditions and then ended with wet spring conditions, a real topsy-turvy season.

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Sweet Agnes

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Sweet Agnes

Great article on our own Sweet Agnes from Women In Wine NZ:

Agnes Seifried from Sefried Estate in Nelson is another of our great pioneers of the New Zealand wine industry. Enjoy reading her story below and how hard work and passion have led to such well earned success.

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Hey Jude

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Hey Jude

Great article from Women In Wine NZ on one of our own Pioneers, Judy Finn:

There are many amazing women working in the New Zealand wine industry and we will be sharing stories from women working in all roles and from regions around the country.

One of our original pioneers and very highly respected is Judy Finn from Neudorf in Nelson. She has contributed much to the industry over the years,

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Sommit™ 2018

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Sommit™ 2018

Making the ordinary extraordinary.

Day One of Sommit™ 2018 arrived with the full force of Cyclone Fehi hammering our region; destroying a much-loved local iconic restaurant, evacuating families from their homes and burying our hired tables, chairs and wine boxes in half a metre of sand. But despite these obstacles Wine Nelson won the battle. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of a large group of volunteers we were still able to showcase our region not only for our excellence in wine-making but also as a region who care for each other and for the continued success of our wine regions future.

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Benchmark Aromatics

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Benchmark Aromatics

Bob Campbell MW defines the Aromatic grape varieties, holding up 2016 Neudorf Moutere Dry Riesling  and 2017 Neudorf Moutere Albariño as benchmark Aromatic wines.

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Air NZ Wine Awards 2017 Golds

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Air NZ Wine Awards 2017 Golds

Following three days of judging over 1,300 wines, the gold medals have been awarded in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards, with Nelson producers Seifried Estate and Falcon Ridge Estate earning a gold medal each for Aotea by the Seifried Family Méthode Traditionnelle Nelson NV and Falcon Ridge Estate Syrah Nelson 2016 respectively.

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Four Golds for Nelson

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Four Golds for Nelson

Four gold medals at the 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show for Nelson, once again across different varieties. The New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition held in New Zealand, with over 2,000 entries received.  The judging took place from 18th through 20th September, with medal results announced today. 

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BRAGATO CHAMPION PINOT NOIR

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BRAGATO CHAMPION PINOT NOIR

Judged at the recent 2017 Bragato Wine Awards as the Champion Pinot Noir, we're very proud of this Ruby Bay Pinot Noir 2016.  The volume of entries for this category was such that all of the judging panels spent an entire morning looking exclusively at Pinot Noir; so the competition for this particular award was fierce. 

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COLIN HARRISON MEMORIAL TROPHY 2017

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COLIN HARRISON MEMORIAL TROPHY 2017

Congratulations to Rimu Grove for taking out the annual Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy for their Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2016. Not only was it the Judges favourite wine, but it was also voted People's Choice at a blind tasting at the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Aspire event in July. 
Make sure you stock up before it sells out!

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