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.
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
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
The rise of the wine-fluencer
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!
Given New Zealand’s thriving wine industry, Auckland’s wine bar scene is not one to rave about but don’t despair, we’ve put together a guide of our favourite vinous hangouts in the City of Sails. Read More
Coffee & tea until 4pm, wine from 5pm with an itchy hour in between. Sounds familiar?
I’m just as picky about what’s in my glass from 5pm as I’m about what’s in my cup until 4pm. I can tell you at least 10 great coffee places in Auckland on the spot but when it comes to tea it gets a little bit more difficult and I do like a good cuppa. Not that bagged, bitter stuff you find in your coffee kitchen at work. I mean good, genuine tea. Read More
A table full of some best wines of Central Otago surrounded by wine tanks some already filled with the first grapes of the season is a welcome start to another vintage season. This is an annual event for the Central Otago wine community and affectionately dubbed the Magpies Party. Read More
Home to grapevines since the late 1800s, Gisborne has grown into the third largest grape growing region in New Zealand. With production long dominated by large wineries such as Montana/Brancott Estate (Pernod-Ricard), Corbans and Villa Maria, more recently the region has embraced small-scale quality-focused producers who are experimenting with varieties, sites and styles. Read More
Waiheke Island is only a 45-minute ferry ride from Auckland, yet a million miles away. It’s not only one of our favourite New Zealand spots, Conde Nast Traveler and Lonely Planet are also big fans, giving it the “Best Islands in the World: Readers’ Choice Award” in 2015 and naming it “the world’s fifth best region” respectively. Read More