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!
We understand, trying new wines at special occasions can be somewhat daunting, especially if your guests love their vino.
We challenge you to mix it up a bit this Christmas with these 5 Must-Sip Wines that will not only please your guests’ palate but also encourage you to explore new varietals and styles this summer.
Spencer Hill Reserve Fumé Sauvignon Blanc
Time to explore, get adventurous and see new sights. This wine offers a new take on the emblematic Sauvignon Blanc.
So venture a bit to the region of Nelson for this lightly oaked, honey laced Sauvignon Blanc that is in full bloom. Tropical with vanilla and honey and that distinct Sauv Blanc nose, this will be sure to please all Savvy lovers on your list.
The holidays are all about giving, so not only can you give a bottle of this from wine away you can also support a small local winery from the Patutahi Plateau in Gisborne who is fairly new to the game.
Soft and delicate, from the colour to the label on the bottle, this 100% Merlot Rosé entices you to branch out, and try a little bit pinkly different.
Everyone has at least one of those “hard to buy for” people on their Christmas present list and if they’re a wine geek, it’s even harder as you don’t want to end up buying a bad bottle of wine or gadget that they already own. That’s why our second Sipmas Gift Guide is the Wine Geek Edit including 5 fail-proof gift ideas. Read More
Innovation in a very traditional category such as the wine industry is often as simple as wrapping some paper around a bottle or offering a wine in a different format size.
But some makers, such as Lee Winston, who is the founder and maker of the exciting, new Untitled range, are a bit more daring and are switching up what’s in the bottle, offering a white, pink and red blend. Read More
Halloween is one of our favourite holidays but unfortunately here in New Zealand, you miss a bit of the experience… the trip to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin to carve, the hot apple cider with mulled spices, the crisp chill in the fall air and the nights that start to get dark just a little bit earlier. Read More