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Hyundai Kona awarded to winner of Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2018

Annabel Bulk was thrilled to receive a Hyundai Kona Elite yesterday as the premium prize for winning the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2018. She will have full use of this trendy Hyundai SUV for a year, which will be perfect for driving around Central Otago where she lives and works. Bevan Meiklejohn from the Central Otago Motor Group took the especially branded Kona Elite out to Felton Road where Ms Bulk works and handed over the keys on behalf of Hyundai. Ms Bulk is ... more

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Cuisine reveals the best chefs and restaurants in New Zealand at the annual Good Food Awards, presented by Vittoria Coffee

New Zealand’s best chefs and restaurants have been revealed at the prestigious Cuisine Good Food Awards, held last night (15th October) at the historic Civic Theatre in Auckland. Auckland’s Cocoro (image above) came away with the highly-coveted Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year award, recognised as an exceptionally creative, surprising and innovative Japanese restaurant, while Guilio Sturla, the chef behind acclaimed Roots restaurant in Canterbury, was named as ... more

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A strong start to the awards season for Villa Maria

Living up to the reputation as New Zealand’s most awarded winery, Villa Maria is off to an impressive start in the 2019 awards season with a total of 17 gold medals from both the New Zealand International Wine Show and Hawkes Bay Wine Awards. The gold medals adorn Villa Maria wines from Auckland, Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, across all tiers of the family-owned winery’s portfolio. Villa Maria’s Company Viticulturist Oliver Powrie said the result from these awards ... more

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Villa Maria’s award winning success continues at the Royal Easter Show

Photo: Sir George Fistonich and winemaker Gianni Flego, Villa Maria. Villa Maria’s reputation as New Zealand’s most awarded winery was upheld with a total of 12 golds and two trophies at last night’s Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. Villa Maria took home an impressive 20% of the total gold medals awarded in the 2018 competition. Group Chief Winemaker, Nick Picone, was particularly excited the golds spanned all four tiers of Villa Maria wines: “We are thrilled the ... more

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Te Awa’s Richard Painter named as Winemaker of the Year

Photo: Richard Painter, winemaker, Te Awa Te Awa’s winemaker Richard Painter was named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ at the 2018 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards dinner last night. Painter’s Te Awa Single Estate Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2016 won Champion Chardonnay and scooped the sought-after Champion Wine of Show trophy, thereby securing him the coveted Winemaker of the Year title. Painter said he was “honoured and proud” to be named Winemaker of the ... more

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New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship recipients announced

New Zealand Winegrowers has today announced the names of two New Zealand-based sommeliers selected to participate in the 2018 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship. It’s the first time New Zealanders will take part in the scholarship programme, which allows recipients the opportunity to engage with and learn from leaders within the international wine fraternity. The successful New Zealand sommeliers are: Anna Krykunivsky - Imperium Group (Eichardt's ... more

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Consumer NZ’s Bad Taste Food Awards winners announced

Consumer NZ has announced this year’s recipients of the Bad Taste Food Awards. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said the awards were launched to highlight food companies marketing their products as healthier choices than they really are. Ms Chetwin said many of the products nominated for this year’s awards were full of sugar, yet carried claims designed to make them appeal to health-conscious consumers, such as “no artificial sweeteners”, ... more

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Villa Maria’s passion for organic winemaking pays off

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Organic Hawkes Bay Merlot 2016 was awarded the Bayleys Real Estate Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends Trophy at the prestigious Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2017 on Saturday night. “This result validates our belief that not only is organic management great for the health of our vineyards, it’s also producing high quality wine”, said Nick Picone, Villa Maria Group Chief Winemaker. Villa Maria’s journey into organics ... more

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Chardonnay shines at 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

A Marlborough Chardonnay has won the top prize at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The Isabel Chardonnay Marlborough 2016 won the prestigious Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show trophy, as well as the Rabobank Champion Chardonnay trophy, at an Art Deco inspired awards dinner in Hawke’s Bay last night. Chair of Judges Warren Gibson said the Isabel Chardonnay Marlborough 2016 was a very classy example of the Chardonnay in this year’s competition. “It has a ... more

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Zespri wins top award for best growth strategy

Zespri was recognised last night in the 2017 Deloitte Top 200 Awards for its strong growth strategy, with the kiwifruit marketing company on track to more than double global sales to $4.5 billion by 2025. Zespri Chief Executive Dan Mathieson says the 2degrees Best Growth Strategy award is welcome recognition for the work done across the industry to grow a genuine global sales and marketing organisation and drive demand for Zespri’s premium kiwifruit. “This award is ... more

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