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Q&A with Zoë Ladyman

Zoe Ladyman Akarua Wines

Today we’d love to introduce you to another inspiring and energetic woman in wine that’s worth watching: Zoë Ladyman, Domestic and International Sales Manager for Akarua Wines in Central Otago.

Find out more about her role and love affair with wine in the following Q&A:

What does a typical working day look like for you?

So varied! Lots of talking, tasting and spreading the good word of Akarua – whether I’m hosting visitors to the winery, out in our local region visiting our restaurant and retail customers; away in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch working with our local distributor, or off overseas visiting our importers and buyers.

Or I could be at my desk managing my budgets, forecasts and inbox…

When and why did you fall in love with wine?

When I first moved to Melbourne when I was 22 (I was born in Perth), got a waitressing job at a wonderful restaurant with a rich wine culture, started to learn about food and wine matching and took some courses with the Australian Sommelier’s Association – I fell straight down the rabbit hole and I’ve been falling ever since.

Zoe Ladyman Akarua Wines

If you were a wine, what wine would you be?

Really depends on the mood I’m in, the people I’m with, and what I’m eating. Today I’m Cru Beaujolais – let’s call it 2017 Domaine de la Grand’Cour Fleurie.

What’s your go-to wine at the moment?

Textural savoury whites and bright, crunchy reds. We’ve just released a single vineyard pinot noir from our 25 steps vineyard in Pisa – I’ve been enjoying that a lot lately!

Share a fact about yourself that only a few know

I half completed a physiotherapy degree – I dropped out before they could fail me. I did pass the massage component!

Things you still want to do – what’s on your bucket list?

Gosh so many things, join a choir, travel to all the tennis grand slams in a year, get dropped off by a helicopter at the top of a mountain and snowboard down, eat at Per Se in NYC, watch my children get married, hike the Routeburn…

Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino with?

Celeste Barber

Find out more about Zoë’s work at Akarua here and make sure you follow them on Instagram | Facebook & Twitter.

Meet Dave Sutton, Winemaker at Te Kano Estate

Dave Sutton Te Kano Estate

Dave Sutton is one of the driving forces behind the Lloyd family’s vision to create a sustainable estate that reflects Central Otago’s beauty and unpretentious quality of the land and lifestyle. As Te Kano’s Winemaker and General Manager, Dave not only crafts a range of premium Central Otago wines but has also been tasked to help leave a positive legacy for future generations of the Lloyd family.

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5 Wine Trends to look out for in 2019

Caro and Emily Sip NZ

FMCG Business Magazine asked us and other related industry experts to share the top wine trends for 2019.

Our predictions are now being featured in a special edition of the publication, the “FMCG Business Leaders Forum“.

Here are our 2019 wine trends and predictions…

Conscious Consumers

Natural Wines

Consumers are increasingly interested in where their products are coming from and how they’re made. Wine is no different and with growing consumer interest organic, biodynamic and vegan friendly wines are “naturally” popular choices.

Bubbles Blossom

Sip NZ Bubbles Day

Sparkling wines, especially Prosecco and Rosecco, will continue to grow in popularity here in New Zealand, turning the drink that has been historically reserved for celebrations into an everyday sip. Launches of small format bottles such as Moët Mini fuel that trend and offer a suitable new format to enjoy bubbles at different occasions.

Rosé is here to stay

Rose wine glasses

Once labelled a by-product, Rosé has come a long way with a huge selection of styles available in New Zealand to suit every taste and budget. Kiwis will continue to drink pink over the next year (especially on Rosé Day on 5 February!) and we’ll see more instgrammable wine-based cocktails and new packaging formats as Rosé unleashes its full potential as a lifestyle drink.

The rise of the wine-fluencer

Chel Loves Wine Chelsie Petras
Chel Loves Wine | Chelsie Petras

Peer to peer and Key-Opinion-Leader (KOL) reviews are becoming as important as wine critics’ thoughts on a product especially for younger consumers, especially in emerging wine markets. New Zealand’s wine influencer scene is in its infancy, but we predict it is going to mature over the next year(s).

New concepts pop-up

Events such as Pinot Palooza and the Urban Wine Walk are shaking up the wine event scene and are offering interesting new ways to taste wines and meet the maker. Exciting pop-up concepts will continue to emerge in 2019 and we are ready for it.

Bye bye trestle tables and laminated tasting notes. You won’t be missed!