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Winemaker's footsteps are the best fertiliser

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Winemaker's footsteps are the best fertiliser

Written by Victoria Clark

If there’s one thing Heidi Seifried-Houghton has learned from almost two decades of wine-making, it’s the importance of ‘being in touch’ with the grapes as they’re growing.

There is an old and very true saying in Europe, she says – “the best fertiliser for the vineyard is the winemaker’s footsteps.”  

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Think of customers as new friends

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Think of customers as new friends

Written by Victoria Clark

Co-owner of Blackenbrook Vineyard, Ursula Schwazenbach, believes ‘marketing’ is simply a glorified term for relationships. 

“If you talk with people, thinking of them as new friends rather than potential customers, then it usually works out,” says Ursula with a smile. She is passionate about marketing “because I enjoy dealing with people, and relationships are important to me. They are key in any business.”

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Breaking tradition in a man's world

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Breaking tradition in a man's world

Written by Victoria Clark

As a 20-year-old, determined to learn all she could about wine-making, Emmanuelle David knocked on numerous winery doors, before finally meeting a vintner who didn’t turn her away.

In her home-country of France, the wine industry is steeped in tradition, she says, and very much a man’s world.

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June's exotic & unexpected places

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June's exotic & unexpected places

Written by Victoria Clark

June Hamilton is co-owner and founder of the 21-year-old Kaimira Wines business, but you’re unlikely to ever find her among the grapevines, let alone in the winery.

“The vineyard is not my area, though it’s very beautiful through the seasons and I do like looking at it through the office window,” she laughs. “I would be the world’s worst pruner, and the slowest, too.”

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Three Girls Blush

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Three Girls Blush

Written by Victoria Clark

Fondly acknowledging the three women who create the wines at Kina Cliffs, owner Julie Ashcroft recently decided on a name for the vineyard’s 2018 rosé. She has called it ‘Three Girls’ Blush.’

“The name recognises our viticulturist, Rhiannon Jones, and our wine-maker, Emmanuelle David – and I’m the third ‘girl’ because I planted the vines,” Julie explains.

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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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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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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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