Happenings from the vineyards, wineries and roads travelled between.

Theory & Practice, affordable quality

DEC 27, 2016 By BOB CAMPBELL MW In NEW AND NOTEWORTHY Ant Mackenzie (Photo: Ant Mackenzie Wines) “My working life in wine takes me up and down the country visiting wine regions, growers and producers. I’m almost always helping producers…
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Spice Trail

Tracing back the origins of vines can be very enlightening.  The dominance of the ‘Limmer’ clone of Syrah, that is regarded as the progenitor in New Zealand, is so strong that in many quarters, it is called the ‘Heritage’ clone. …
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Craft Farm by Ant Mackenzie-Liz Wheadon

Recalling the numbers of years I have known Ant leaves me feeling very old indeed. Ant, like many a NZ Winery professional, started working for Sir George Fistonich; for Ant it was in Hawke’s Bay, at Vidal’s Winery. The years…
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Ant’s Wines on Thirsty Work

Back in June we had a great day filming a segment of Thirsty Work with our friend Yvonne Lorkin.  If you missed our episode in September on TV3, or want to see it again, click here.

HB heads the way for full-bodied reds

September and October are busy months if you are a wine judge. Hear how it is done in Hawke’s Bay

What Happened to Big Chardonnay?

This is a question that wine retailers have been asking me for the past couple of years.  As a wine drinker I enjoy a range of styles, as a producer I aim to make wines that others enjoy.  Our friends…
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Bob Campbell reviews

International wine man Bob Campbell MW recently looked at a selection of our wines and published his findings on The Real Review.  Follow the the link to find out more…

Tempranillo, albariño, tiñaja and Toño

This article is from the latest issue of Wine NZ magazine.  By Paul Taggart.   One reason for including a Spanish variety tasting in the current issue was the overwhelming enthusiasm for things Spanish shown by WineNZ judge, winemaker and winery owner Ant Mackenzie. Ant has made many…
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The Sugar Club Dinner


Join Tony and I on the 26th July at The Sugar Club for an evening of great wine, banter and outstanding food.

Flavour ripeness vs Phenolic ripeness-its a winemaking choice

I wrote this article a couple of years ago for Dry River but it has great relevance to all fine wines of the world bottled under cork closure. We are often asked what sets our wines apart from the majority…
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