Riversun News

  • The White Wave

    5 July 2014 by Joelle Thomson

    There is a groundswell of obscure new wine styles here in New Zealand. The fourth  Gisborne Regional Wine Awards in May highlighted this trend. Where else in the world would albarino, arneis, chardonnay, chenin blanc and gewürztraminer grow in the same area and taste great, to boot?

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  • Tempranillo in Marlborough

    18 June 2014 by Tessa Nicholson, Winepress

    This famous Spanish grape  is best known for its inclusion in Rioja, the country’s most famous wine. But it is also making an appearance in Marlborough, as a stand-alone variety.

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  • Grillo - an old grape with a new lease of life

    10 June 2014 by Joelle Thomson

    Marvellous Marsala

    (And the changing face of Grillo - an old grape with a new lease of life)

    Marsala means Port of God and takes its name from the Arabic words 'Marsa' and 'Allah', which gives away a little about the history of this ancient Sicilian town, where the Arabs once landed (after the Romans and the Carthaginians). Marsala is also an under appreciated wine, struggling for sales today, but the best are lovely drinks served lightly chilled with aged cheddar, Parmagiano and dried fruit - two are recommended below - but it is also having a make over as a dry white...


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  • White wines shine in Gisborne

    26 May 2014 by Joelle Thomson

    Here's a bit of a mind bender: in which wine region anywhere in the world can you find five wines vying for a competition trophy that are made from such diverse grape varieties as Albarino, Arneis, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Gewürztraminer? 
    The answer is: Gisborne. 

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  • Fiano - NZ first!

    7 April 2014 by Joelle Thomson

    This year Hawke’s Bay winemaker Jenny Dobson became the first New Zealand winemaker to commercially bottle a wine made from the little known Italian white grape, Fiano.

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  • Berry Positive Pinot Gris

    7 April 2014 by Annabelle Latz featured in Winepress April 2014

    Flavour profiles available from the newest Pinot Gris clones are creating new enthusiasm about the variety within the New Zealand wine industry.

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  • IMPORTANT! Vine Removal Tips For Virused Vines

    24 March 2014 by Rochelle Brown

    We often get asked for advice on what to do about replanting blocks which have virused vines, given the fact that simply leaving blocks fallow does not mitigate the risk of re-infection.

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  • 2014 Recipient of the Rod Bonfiglioli Scholarship Announced

    3 March 2014 by New Zealand Winegrowers

    The successful candidate, Arnaud Blouin, is a senior staff member at Plant & Food Research at Mount Albert, Auckland. Mr Blouin’s doctoral research will focus on a survey of grapevine viruses present in New Zealand vineyards and study the virus population dynamics in the rootstock and scion of grafted vines.

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  • New Plantings for NMIT

    24 February 2014 by Winepress Issue No. 233

    Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is replanting vines at its Marlborough Campus vineyard to trial some new and classic varieties imported and donated by Riversun Nursery.

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  • Congratulations to all the Romeo Bragato winners

    3 September 2013

    We would like to express our congratulations to all of the winners who excelled at the Romeo Bragato Conference last week. 

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