Increase your enjoyment of wine by finding out more about vintage, winemaking, serving and cellaring, the history or wine.

  • The importance of vintage - the difference a year makes

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Wine is an agricultural product. The grapes that are used to make wine are from relatively long term vines, many years old, which are tended in the vineyard over the growing year. These vines crop once a year in autumn and wine is made from that fruit.  see more

  • Wine making

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Just like bread, wine relies on the action of yeast to create alcohol and carbon dioxide in a process called fermentation. Quite simply, fermentation is the action of yeast on sugar to converting the sugar to alcohol and carbon dioxide. In wine making, the alcohol is the desired by-product.  see more

  • Serving and storing wine

    Most wine is consumed within a week of purchase. This means also that the majority of wine sold has been made for immediate consumption. However, there are plenty of good wines made in New Zealand that will age and benefit from cellaring.  see more

  • Corks and caps

    Screw-caps don't have the romantic flourish or time honoured rituals of cork removal, but they do have one huge advantage over cork: they keep the wine in pristine condition.  see more

  • The history of wine in New Zealand

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    The first recorded instance of wine being made and drunk comes from the Egyptians some 3,000 years ago. In New Zealand, grapes and winemaking took a lot longer to get here.  see more

  • Lower or reduced alcohol wines

    By By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Over several years we have seen the development and promotion of reduced alcohol wines in the marketplace.   see more

  • International perspective of wine

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Internationally New Zealand’s wine reputation is based around the pungent zingy flavours and textures of Sauvignon Blanc which has so successfully made a home here.   see more

  • Wine facts

    Which is the most planted grape variety in New Zealand? Find out a few easy wine facts.  see more