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Happenings from the vineyards, wineries and roads travelled between.

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

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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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Craft Farm Harvest 2016

Our 2016 harvest started in late March with the Chardonnay and Muscat grapes.  A month later we picked Albarino and Gewurztraminer.

Raymond Chan Review of the Tono

Tono Spanish-Inspired Wines by Ant Mackenzie With over two decades working in wine, Ant Mackenzie has experienced a journey that would be the envy of many aspiring winemakers today. Heading winemaking positions at Framingham, Spy Valley, Mud House, then with…
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Five minutes in the NZ Herald

Why did you become a winemaker? I figured out early winemaking was going to be a job I would never get bored of because it calls on many different skills and the playing field changes every year. It is also…
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