Hawke’s Bay food festival ‘F.A.W.C!’ releases 2024

It’s easy to assume one must fly to Italy or Spain to attend a food and wine festival in a ‘Great Wine Capital of the World’. However, foodies will be pleased to know one is happening this March, and it’s only a short flight or drive away, in Hawke’s Bay. The Summer Food and Wine […]

Sacred Hill success: Youngest ever winemaker picks up national title

Alena Kamper from Sacred Hill in Hawke’s Bay has been named 2023 Tonnellerie de Mercurey New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year. At just 22, Kamper is the youngest person to win the coveted title. The national final took place at The Bone Line in North Canterbury and the three finalists delivered speeches at the […]

Cheerful Hawke’s Bay character still winning gold at almost 90 years old

Antonio Giugliano has always liked to keep busy and at almost 90 years old he’s still going strong and winning gold. The amateur winemaker, who has a folder full of certificates won over many years of making sparkling wine in the garage, says he likes a good challenge. “I don’t like to be sitting around […]

Church Road only NZ winery nominated for prominent international award

Church Road chief winemaker Chris Scott says he is honoured that their red wine was nominated in the 2023 Red Wine Producer of the Year category at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). The Hawke’s Bay winery was the only New Zealand winery nominated in the prominent international awards. “It’s an honour to see […]

North Island Young Winemaker of the Year named

Alena Kamper from Sacred Hill in Hawke’s Bay has been named 2023 Tonnellerie de Mercurey North Island Young Winemaker of the Year following the competition held at Indevin’s Gimblett Gravels winery on 28 September. Kamper performed strongly across a wide range of tasks, including blending, wine market knowledge, cellar skills, wine tasting and an interview. Casey Mackintosh from Indevin came second […]

EIT to host inaugural Wine Research Symposium

An inaugural wine research symposium aimed at presenting recent New Zealand research to industry and helping develop an agenda for future wine industry related research is due to be hosted by EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science later this month. The one-day symposium called Advancing Viticulture and Wine Related Research on October 28, will […]

“Near-Perfect” Growing Conditions produce third ‘outstanding’ vintage, Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers say

Hawke’s Bay’s total average yields may be slightly down as harvest comes to a close, but regardless, viticulturists and winemakers alike are reporting a high-quality vintage following “near-perfect growing conditions”. Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers, the official regional wine industry organisation representing all wineries and growers, says the balance of the season was warm and dry but […]

EIT to offer Postgraduate Suite in Wine Business & Innovation

From July 2021, EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science offers a new suite of postgraduate qualifications in Wine Business and Innovation. Postgraduate Certificate in Wine Business and Innovation Postgraduate Diploma in Wine Business and Innovation Master of Wine Business and Innovation EIT is the only institute in New Zealand to deliver such specific wine […]

Iconic HB Winery Trinity Hill back in NZ Ownership

It is with great pleasure that a group of private investors announce their acquisition of Trinity Hill Limited. Mitch Plaw, Director and one of the new Trinity Hill owners, said, “Trinity Hill is a fantastic company, with an amazing product and team, and a passionate community of valued customers,” … “We are excited to bring […]

Chardonnay dominates Hawke’s Bay wine awards – again

Chardonnay has been declared Hawke’s Bay’s top wine for the third consecutive year. Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 received three trophies — including Champion Wine of the Show — at the 20th Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards on Thursday night. Organisers said the win indicated the wine will “undoubtedly garner more recognition” […]