Condolences to the Hay family on the passing in May 2015 of Chard Farm Patriarch, Des Hay. Des was deeply involved with the founding and establishment of Chard Farm. “Dad was one of a kind who supported his children to the hilt and we couldn’t have got to where we are today without his unwavering support, even in very tough times. What a man, what a life. The mighty Chard Farm Totara has fallen” RIP Des
"Decorated" Ross Goodin, ONZM. Inducted into NZ Wine Hall of Fame 2010, Ross has been involved in the NZ wine industry since he developed his first vineyard in 1960. Former President of the Grapegrowers Council, honoured in 1997 with the ONZM.
Slow Food Auckland
On Saturday 13th February twenty or so Slow Food members and supporters visited Delegat’s winery in Glendene. The winery is tucked away at the end of Hepburn Road, deep in the heart of suburban West Auckland. From the street you can see the idyllic early villa that was home to Nikola and Vidosava Delegat from 1947. Around the back is the business end of the winery, the bottling line, the rows of stainless steel vats, the network of steel pipes, the abandoned crushing plant, the fat plastic…
Romeo Bragato. In 1895, he came to NZ with impressive credentials, and travelled the country, reporting his findings and making recommendations. He came back in 1902 to the newly created post of Viticulturist and Head of the Viticultural Division of the Department of Agriculture based at Te Kauwhata. Many of his recommendations form the basis of modern New Zealand viticulture practices. The Romeo Bragato Conference & Bragato Wine Awards are a salute to the vision of Bragato.
NZ Wine Hall of Fame (2 of 3) Royal Easter Show Wine Show, inaugural awards were 2005. Inducted 2005: James Busby, Romeo Bragato, Heinrich Breidecker, Charles Levet, Joseph Soler, Israel Wendel, Friedrich Wohnsiedler, Assid Abraham Corban, Tom McDonald OBE, FWINZ, George Mazuran OBE 2006: Mate Brajkovich OBE, FWINZ; Alex Corban OBE, FWINZ; David Hohnen, Frank Yukich FWINZ. 2007: Joseph Annis Corban, MBE, FWINZ; Dr Richard Smart; Ross Spence QSO, FNZW. 2008: Bryan Mogridge ONZM; Kevyn Moore…
NZ Wine Hall of Fame - started in 2005, part of Royal Easter Show Wine Awards to recognise NZ wine industry pioneers. The principal objective is to recognise and commemorate individuals who have made major contributions to the development and enhancement of the national domestic- & export-based wine industry in New Zealand. Inductees generally but not exclusively have been directly involved with grape culticultivation and/or wine making on a national scale.
"Decorated" Stanley Harris QSM, (deceased) founder of the Federation of Wine & Food Societies of NA. President from its inception until accepting the title of Founder President. A tireless worker and advocate for change. He long and hard lobbied for improvements in the standard of Wine & Food in NZ. Popular and respected by the wine industry, he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Wine Institute in 1999.
"Decorated" Ross Spence, QSO (2000), Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers (2006). Ross (right) with brother Bill, produced New Zealand's first Sauvignon Blanc grapes in 1974. Ross and Bill founded Matua Valley Wines Ltd and Ross served for 23 years on the Wine Institute of New Zealand and chairman 1997-1999.
Vineyard Venerated - Gisborne Photo News - No 181 : July 16, 1969
"Decorated" Alex Corban, OBE (1978), New Zealand Medal (1990), Fellow of Wine Institute of NZ (1982), grandson of the founder of Corbans Winery 1902, Henderson, born 1925.