Brightwater Vineyards – Nelson Mail 01.08.18

Brightwater Vineyards is one of Nelson’s quiet achievers, owners Gary & Valley Neale just get on with the business of making fantastic wines and building a solid business. Their success in doing both of these things has been recognised regularly with wine show successes and even taking out the top award at the Nelson Tasman […]

Waimea Estates & Booster – Nelson Mail 04.07.18

One of the things that makes the Nelson wine region special is the fact every winery in the region is family owned and operated, except for Waimea Estates that the Bolitho family sold to Booster Tahi in late 2017. In other regions, but especially Marlborough, there is a huge amount of corporate ownership where organisations […]

Wine shows and Judging – Nelson Mail 20.06.18

Wine show season is rapidly approaching. The range of competitions that showcase the finest of wines includes the New World Wine Awards, for which entries are now open, that has a focus on quality wines priced $25 and under, The Bragato Wine Awards that recognise single vineyard wines, and hence grape growing, and New Zealand’s premiere wine awards, […]

Marlborough Wine Industry – Nelson Mail 13.06.18

I have acknowledged regularly that Marlborough wineries are the backbone of New Zealand’s wine industry, they provide the coat tails that other New Zealand regions travel on when entering international marketplaces and there is no doubt Sauvignon Blanc is the wine variety that has made New Zealand world famous. Last week I joined fellow Wine […]