Tag Archives: Oceania

• Another one?! New Zealand merchant jailed for wine fraud

Another one?! New Zealand merchant jailed for wine fraud

New Zealand wine merchant Simon Mickleson has been jailed after scamming clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Mickleson was sentenced today in Auckland to two years and four months in prison after earlier pleading guilty to 16 counts of fraud. Judge Grant Fraser described the Mickleson as “sophisticated” and said there was still […]

• Asahi buys NZ firm for $1.3 billion in pre-mixed drinks

Asahi buys NZ firm for $1.3 billion in pre-mixed drinks

Asahi Group Holdings (2502.T) is acquiring New Zealand beverage group Independent Liquor for $1.3 billion, giving the Japanese brewing giant a ready-to-drink cocktail maker to add to its stash of assets in the Oceania market. Japanese brewers have been on an overseas spending spree, mainly in Asia and Oceania due to their proximity and growth […]

• Wineries survive New Zealand quake with minimal damage

Wineries survive New Zealand quake with minimal damage

Initial reports suggest that wineries have escaped with little damage following the devastating earthquake that hit the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, this week. A national state of emergency has been declared following the 6.3 magnitude quake, with the official death toll currently at 75 with over 300 people still missing. Although many built-up areas […]

• New Zealand wineries go high tech to tap into U.S. sales

New Zealand wineries go high tech to tap into U.S. sales

A saturday night webcast of a New Zealand wine tasting in Chicago is one of a myriad of new techniques the Kiwi wine industry is using to target lucrative overseas markets. In September a group of 21 boutique New Zealand wineries hosted a luxury weekend in Denver, Colorado to launch a project called “Complexity – […]

• New beer brand offers company shares with each carton sold

New beer brand offers company shares with each carton sold

Rather than being crowdfunded in the manner of BeerBankroll or OurBrew, Broo is a new Australian beer brand that is giving away shares in its new company with each purchase made. Launched on Australia Day in January this year, Broo aims to be Australian through and through. Now, as part of a one-time offer that […]

• Aren’t screwcaps mahvellous…?

Aren’t screwcaps mahvellous…?

The New Zealand Screwcap Wine Seal Iniatitive, the world’s first national pro-screwcap movement, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the following announcement. I can feel the vibrations from Portugal already…. JR As we peruse today’s crowded wine shelves, it is difficult to ignore the proliferation of screwcaps. With over 90% of New Zealand wine now […]

• New Zealand reconsiders laws making booze sometimes cheaper than milk

Reporting from Nelson, New Zealand (BN Editor: Nelson New Zealand just happens to be the home of the awesome Nelson hops.) The brightly colored poster for the annual fundraiser at an elementary school in this quaint town tucked into Tasman Bay advertised face painting, a bouncy castle — and a fully licensed bar. Principal Don […]

• Aussies overestimate their drinking ability. Like, who doesn't?

Aussies overestimate their drinking ability. Like, who doesn't?

In a nation that does not mind a drink, a new report has found many Australians overestimate the amount of booze they can handle before exposing themselves to harm. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare study, 40 per cent of people do not realise four standard drinks in one sitting is predominantly […]

• Alcohol devastating careers of young Aboriginal artists

Alcohol devastating careers of young Aboriginal artists

A renowned Arnhem Land artist says alcoholism is ruining the careers of many young Aboriginal painters. Banduk Marika is one of Arnhem Land’s best-known artists and has won several national art awards. She is concerned young artists stop painting when they begin to drink or take drugs. She is also worried that not enough young […]

• Pernod Ricard sells off New Zealand wine brands

Pernod Ricard New Zealand has sold Lindauer and several other wine brands to a consortium of buyers for NZ $88m (about $74m).

• New Zealand: Alcohol cheaper to buy than water

New Zealand: Alcohol cheaper to buy than water

Alcohol has become so affordable that it is cheaper than bottled water and approaching the price of milk, says a study made public today. The Otago University research, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, shows alcohol became increasingly affordable in the 10 years to last year.

• Going to New Zealand? Visit Gisborne: A vine romance

Going to New Zealand? Visit Gisborne: A vine romance

Spring has sprung, the grass has ris, I wonder where the wine is? The answer to that is easy. Gisborne. This small city on the east coast is surrounded by some the country’s best wine country, yet it’s often overlooked by the scores of wine tourists in their frenzied search for Marlborough sav or Otago […]

• New Zealand: Creating a scale to match consumer expectations to pinot gris styles

New Zealand: Creating a scale to match consumer expectations to pinot gris styles

New Zealand’s love affair with pinot gris has seen plantings of the variety in our vineyards blossom, increasing by close to 1000 per cent over the past decade. However, the huge array of styles in which the variety is made can make buying a bottle feel more like a blind date than a rendezvous with […]

• New Zealand quake hits beer supplies at major brewery

New Zealand quake hits beer supplies at major brewery

Sounds like they need rescue supplies. CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand’s major 7.0 earthquake disrupted supplies from one of the country’s biggest breweries, an official said Tuesday, warning operations may not return to normal for weeks. The Lion Nathan brewery, which has stood in central Christchurch since the 1850s, was little damaged in Saturday’s […]

• Falling profits challenge NZ winemakers

Falling profitability is the most significant challenge currently facing grape-growers and wineries, says New Zealand Winegrowers chairman Stuart Smith.