Joelle Thomson

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Construction has begun on the new cellar door at Nga Waka winery in Martinborough after delays due to Covid-19

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Two things he loved and one that he loathed led Dom Maxwell to leave a desk job and pursue a winemaking one. The rest is, as they say, history.

Here is Dom Maxwell’s story. Bored at his desk job and in love with being outside led Dom Maxwell to his consider a career in winemaking because he was kindling the first flames of his passion for wine, when living in the UK. He is now the winemaker at Greystone Winery ...
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Woman in wine, Jane Hunter…

September 20, 2021

Jane Hunter was the first woman to be inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame in 2013 for her impressively long list of contributions to the style, quality and growth in exports of Marlborough wine.

She took over Hunter’s Wines as owner and managing director in 1987 after the untimely death of her husband Ernie, who founded the winery in 1978; early days for quality wine in this country. Prior to her role at Hunter’s Wines, Jane was head of viticulture at Montana...
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Woman in wine, Celia Hay

September 17, 2021

Cecilia Hay is the Founder of the New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Celia Hay is the founder of the New Zealand School of Food & Wine, which she courageously relocated to Auckland after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. This unexpected shake put paid to both the building and the business she ran from it in the South Island’s bigges...
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Saint Clair Family Estate, one of New Zealand’s biggest and most successful wine producers.

The biggest extravagance and the best investment that Neal Ibbotson ever made was the engagement ring he bought for his wife, Judy, who shares in the life of Saint Clair Family Estate, one of New Zealand’s biggest and most successful wine producers. He got into the wine...
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If Tony Bish has anything to do with his own reincarnation, he says he would like to come back as a game changer. Some might say he has already achieved this admirable trait by forging a name for himself as Hawke’s Bay’s king of Chardonnay and in building a family bus...
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Getting to know the people behind the wines and learning about their journeys can be as interesting as New Zealand’s best wines taste, which was the inspiration for this interview. It’s the third in a new series on this website, delving into the people behind the scen...
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Lifelong friends, a bloody Mary and a slushy machine all rate highly for Duncan Forsyth, of Mount Edward Winery in Central Otago. He was the first in New Zealand to sell high quality Pinot Noir on tap to restaurants. He rates southern Spain as his favourite wine region, a...
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Rapaura Springs is a winery owned by Ian and Rosemary Wiffin, Margaret and Brendan Neylon and John Neylon. The Neylon family have been instrumental pioneers in Marlborough’s green lip mussel industry and also now own substantial vineyard land in Rapaura and Dillons Poin...
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It’s nine days into nationwide lockdown in New Zealand and  Central Otago winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis is living in alternate states of thankfulness and disbelief, in between being interviewed for this chat about life, the state of the world and wine. “The sin ...
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