Regional Spotlights

Ice ice baby

Imagine getting hauled out of your comfy chair at 11pm on a mid-winter night to hand-pick frozen grapes in temperatures of -10 to -13°C.

Hawke’s Bay spotlight

To help measure the strength of Hawke’s Bay’s pulse I talked to Tony Bish, long-term winemaker for Sacred Hill, who has recently started his own winery, Tony Bish Wines.

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Hunter Valley our most idiosyncratic region

The Hunter Valley is one of our most idiosyncratic wine regions, for many reasons, not least its climate – which doggedly follows its own pattern, different from any other Australian region. Its wine styles are also highly distinctive – in the case of dry white semillon arguably unique; in the case of its other great wine, shiraz, also a style that’s quite different to most other regions.