Gimblett Gravels Association
Craggy Range Viticulturist Steve Smith was one of the founders and chairman of the Gimblett Gravels Association, a group of wine producers and growers with land in this special area who got together in 2001, to jointly promote the special area and its produce to the world.
Wines from Gimblett Gravels have won more than 450 gold medals and 160 trophies in domestic wine competitions since inception.
The highest-ever Wine Advocate magazine rating for a New Zealand wine.
Six Gimblett Gravels wines have attained 90+ points ratings from Robert Parker Jnr’s Wine Advocate magazine , including the magazine’s highest ever rating for a New Zealand wine – Craggy Range Le Sol with – with 96 points.
For more information visit www.gimblettgravels.co.nz
Family of Twelve
The "Family of Twelve" was launched in March 2005 as a marketing alliance of New Zealand family winemakers committed to the future of fine wine. The group promotes the quality, individuality and diversity of its wines in the global market, with the ultimate aim of stimulating demand for all New Zealand wine. Like all families it is made up of very distinct individuals. There are the old and the young; the ones with the experience of years and the ones with energies and enthusiasms of youth.
New Zealand wine, today, has found itself on the world stage and that's where it should be. But the Family of Twelve work to put it there by design not accident. To be there because it’s good. Very good. Great. And that is the common thread that binds the members of this family. They admire and strive for perfection, for that 'greatness’. It can be in the conversations; there is a restlessness, a constant looking forward. “If it’s not in the glass, it’s not at the family table” is the watchword.
The Twelve comprises wineries from throughout New Zealand, six from the North Island and six from the South:
- Ata Rangi, Martinborough
- Craggy Range, Hawkes Bay
- Felton Road, Central Otago
- Fromm Winery, Marlborough
- Kumeu River, Auckland
- Lawsons Dry Hills, Marlborough
- Millton Vineyard, Gisborne
- Nautilus, Marlborough
- Neudorf Vineyards, Nelson
- Palliser Estate, Martinborough
- Pegasus Bay, Waipara
- Villa Maria, Auckland
For more information visit www.familyoftwelve.co.nz
Hawke's Bay Winegrowers
Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers was established in 2006 to represent the interest of all Hawke’s Bay wine producers, both wineries and grape growers, with the amalgamation of the two regional bodies: Hawke's Bay Winemakers and Hawke's Bay Grape Growers.
With a vision for the region to be internationally renowned as a producer of world-class fine wines, the organisation is the key vehicle for the promotion and marketing of Hawke’s Bay wine both domestically and internationally.
Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers now aims to provide pro-active leadership for the 88 wineries and 171 grape growers with Hawke’s Bay interests. Most of Hawkes Bay’s wineries produce less than 200,000 litres per annum and are family owned providing a true boutique experience. It achieves its vision through cohesive and consistent strategies in marketing, advocacy, economic clustering and education.
Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers is the central point of communication for the regional wine industry. For further information visit www.winehawkesbay.co.nz
Wines from Martinborough
Wines From Martinborough represents a collective of 24 active wineries from throughout Martinborough. Established in 2004 it was formed to promote Martinborough as a premium wine growing region and to provide a platform against which their members can promote their own wines. In the three decades since the first vines were planted, Martinborough has transformed from a sleepy colonial town to world-class wine village, taking an enviable, attention-grabbing collection of international awards.
Their vision to have the Martinborough recognised as home to the finest collection of boutique wineries in New Zealand, means that they are particularly focused on working with influential wine media, sommeliers and trade, whilst fostering and supporting inter-member cooperation and collaboration. Although geographically a small growing region, Martinborough is a community known it’s big personalities, vision and determination. Pinot Noir is Martinborough’s flagship wine yet there is so much more to the district, the mineral-laden soils and cool climate nurturing a remarkable range of award-winning varietals.
For more information visit www.winesfrommartinborough.com
Doug Wisor Scholarship
The Doug Wisor Memorial Trust Scholarship was started in October 2004 following the tragic death of Craggy Range’s American-born winemaker Doug Wisor who, during his time at Craggy Range made some of the finest wines New Zealand has seen.
The scholarship fund was started through the generosity of a number of New Zealand and Californian wine people who donated various items for a wine auction held at St Francis in Sonoma that raised over $US20,000. The fund is administered by the American Australia Association based in Los Angeles, the largest national non-profit public charity in the United States devoted to relations between the United States and Australia and New Zealand. Its goal is to encourage stronger ties across the Pacific particularly in the private sector.
The scholarship has been formed to bring a young American winemaker to New Zealand every vintage (March – May) to advance their understanding of both New Zealand and the wines we make.
The scholarship includes return airfares, living expenses, accommodation, a vintage salary and a two week tour of New Zealand’s wine regions visiting Family of Twelve members. It is funded through sponsorship by Craggy Range and fundraising initiatives in the United States.
For more information on the scholarship and the application process visit: www.usnzee.org/scholarships.php
Profile: 2015 Doug Wisor Scholarship Recipient James Jelks
Craggy Range welcomed recipient of the 2015 Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship, James Jelks. James, a UC Davis graduate, completed the 2014 harvest at Maison Louis Latour in Burgundy and previously 2 vintages in California.
"Only now that I have completed my 2015 vintage with Craggy Range and been given the opportunity to travel throughout New Zealand’s wine regions can I fully appreciate the prestige and opportunity that the Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship has to offer.
My vintage experience at Craggy Range was exceptional for learning to work with a range of cool and warm climate varieties, as well as a big asset for furthering my skillset regarding winery operations. As chief winemaker Matt Stafford and winemaker Ben Mullen put a healthy amount of trust in their intern team and this equates to quick learning and skill gains. In addition, my time spent in New Zealand was a special opportunity to live and make friends with a group of international interns who all shared a strong interest in wine.
Most importantly I owe huge thanks to the group of top New Zealand winemakers and estates (largely within but not limited to those in ‘The Family of Twelve’) who hosted me during the two-week excursion post vintage. I was treated with a professional level of respect not normally received at the intern level, and I feel lucky to have tasted alongside and learned from those who are defining New Zealand’s regions and wines!"
Hawke's Bay Tourism
Hawke's Bay Tourism is the Official Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) and is jointly funded by the Hawk’s Bay Regional Council and the local tourism industry through the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Association. They are a membership based organisation and offers both Industry Partner and Support Partner membership options.
Hawke’s Bay Tourism’s mission is to ensure Hawke’s Bay becomes significantly more attractive to New Zealanders and international visitors as a place to visit, do business and live; And to become a highly competitive player within the New Zealand tourism industry, increasing Hawke’s Bay’s market share of both domestic and international visitors and therefore economic contribution to the wider region.
For further information visit www.hawkesbaynz.com