Indevin New Zealand has completed the purchase of 100% of the shares of Villa Maria Estate for an undisclosed fee.

Pernod Ricard says its New Zealand wine brands Brancott Estate and Stoneleigh will be unable to meet global Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc supply this year after one of the smallest New Zealand harvests in 10 years.

While New Zealand has managed the pandemic better than most, a lack of tourism and difficulties with shipping have taken a toll on wine sales. Martin Green reports.

Strong demand in the UK and China allowed Australia to increase wine exports by 4% during the 12 months to September 30.

Nautilus Estate winemaker Clive Jones has been elected chair of the board at New Zealand Winegrowers.

The export value of New Zealand wine has reached a record high according to the 2017 annual report of New Zealand Winegrowers.

New Zealand looks incapable of putting a foot wrong when it comes to its wines. And, with 2015 being hailed a near-perfect vintage, it is in a solid position to raise its already high prices globally as well as sell all its stocks. Jamie Goode reports

The New Zealand Cellar, the online wine company, is launching a crowd funding project to raise £35,000 for its first retail shop.

The 2012 vintage is down more than 20% in places, but the Kiwis are happy to try to strike a balance between demand and supply. Christian Davis reports

The Ned winemaker Brent Marris has dismissed suggestions that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has reached saturation point, countering that in global terms the style's journey has just begun.

Pernod Ricard New Zealand has announced the disposal of its Lindauer wine brand. The company has also announced the sale of several other New Zealand wine brands from Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay together with their related inventories and assets.

Pernod Ricard has decided to dump the Montana brand name and re-name New Zealand’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott Estate.

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