Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Diverse cover crops

Image credit: Marlborough OWNZ Winter Symposia, Lisa Duncan In response to continued pressure on natural resources, viticulture has extended its focus beyond the vineyard to a broader consideration of ecosystems. Sowing a mixed cover crop supports a diverse ecosystem and offers gains in soil health, pest pressure management and ultimately, the production of quality fruit.Continue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Diverse cover crops”

Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Technology in the vineyard

Image credit: Jonas Werner Hohensee At the nexus of organic viticulture is wellbeing and a holistic view of sustainable land management that takes into account vineyard health and the health of those working in the vineyard. This integrated approach to viticulture is gaining traction and being driven forward in some part, by advances in technology.Continue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Technology in the vineyard”

Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Wine in a Can

Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, February 2021 In this article for Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker I look at the updates in technology and research that are making it easier to put wine in a can, alongside the many benefits of using this packaging. To read the full article click here.

Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Biochar in the Vineyard

Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, October 2020 In my first article for Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine I investigate the potential benefits of using biochar in the vineyard. What is biochar and how is it being used in New Zealand and Australia? To read the full article click here FurtherContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Biochar in the Vineyard”

Gourmet Traveller WINE: Getting Around Gisborne

Wainui Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand. © Simone Madden-Grey At the end of last year I visited Gisborne, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Pristine coastlines, outstanding local produce, delicious wine and the warmest of welcomes are to be found here. In the February/March issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE you can read aboutContinue reading “Gourmet Traveller WINE: Getting Around Gisborne”

Gourmet Traveller WINE: Travel Log

Photo: The original office of Gonzalez Byass founder Manuel Maria González Ángel In the 2019 April/May edition of GT Wine I wrote a few words about what to do next time you find yourself in Jerez, Spain or Nelson, New Zealand! Click here to have look: GT WINE Travel Log as a PDF OR hereContinue reading “Gourmet Traveller WINE: Travel Log”

Wine for Normal People: Martinborough, NZ and the Glory of Wellington Wine Country

Photo: Winery wall at Ata Rangi. In this episode, Elizabeth and I get together to talk about Martinborough and the Wellington Wine Country – a “tiny but mighty region”! We talk about the fabulous Pinot Noir being made in the region as well as some of the white wines you should also take a lookContinue reading “Wine for Normal People: Martinborough, NZ and the Glory of Wellington Wine Country”

Halliday Magazine: Wonderful Waiheke Island and its wines!

Onetangi Beach, Waiheke Island. Published Halliday Magazine October/November 2018. Earlier this year I spent a long weekend on Waiheke Island in Auckland harbour, New Zealand. The weather was perfect, the beaches pristine and the wine pretty tasty! You can read about it in my next article for the October/November 2018 issue of Halliday Magazine here.

Wine for Normal People: Time for another look at New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

View over Waipara Valley, North Canterbury © Simone Madden-Grey In this episode with Elizabeth Schneider at Wine for Normal People we discuss New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and in particular Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. After bursting onto the international scene and planting New Zealand near the top of the list of easy to understand and enjoyableContinue reading “Wine for Normal People: Time for another look at New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc”