Riversun News

  • Grillo - an old grape with a new lease of life

    10 June 2014 by Joelle Thomson

    Marvellous Marsala

    (And the changing face of Grillo - an old grape with a new lease of life)

    Marsala means Port of God and takes its name from the Arabic words 'Marsa' and 'Allah', which gives away a little about the history of this ancient Sicilian town, where the Arabs once landed (after the Romans and the Carthaginians). Marsala is also an under appreciated wine, struggling for sales today, but the best are lovely drinks served lightly chilled with aged cheddar, Parmagiano and dried fruit - two are recommended below - but it is also having a make over as a dry white...


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  • White wines shine in Gisborne

    26 May 2014 by Joelle Thomson

    Here's a bit of a mind bender: in which wine region anywhere in the world can you find five wines vying for a competition trophy that are made from such diverse grape varieties as Albarino, Arneis, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Gewürztraminer? 
    The answer is: Gisborne. 

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  • Fiano - NZ first!

    7 April 2014 by Joelle Thomson

    This year Hawke’s Bay winemaker Jenny Dobson became the first New Zealand winemaker to commercially bottle a wine made from the little known Italian white grape, Fiano.

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  • Berry Positive Pinot Gris

    7 April 2014 by Annabelle Latz featured in Winepress April 2014

    Flavour profiles available from the newest Pinot Gris clones are creating new enthusiasm about the variety within the New Zealand wine industry.

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  • IMPORTANT! Vine Removal Tips For Virused Vines

    24 March 2014 by Rochelle Brown

    We often get asked for advice on what to do about replanting blocks which have virused vines, given the fact that simply leaving blocks fallow does not mitigate the risk of re-infection.

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  • 2014 Recipient of the Rod Bonfiglioli Scholarship Announced

    3 March 2014 by New Zealand Winegrowers

    The successful candidate, Arnaud Blouin, is a senior staff member at Plant & Food Research at Mount Albert, Auckland. Mr Blouin’s doctoral research will focus on a survey of grapevine viruses present in New Zealand vineyards and study the virus population dynamics in the rootstock and scion of grafted vines.

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  • New Plantings for NMIT

    24 February 2014 by Winepress Issue No. 233

    Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is replanting vines at its Marlborough Campus vineyard to trial some new and classic varieties imported and donated by Riversun Nursery.

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  • Congratulations to all the Romeo Bragato winners

    3 September 2013

    We would like to express our congratulations to all of the winners who excelled at the Romeo Bragato Conference last week. 

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  • Romeo Bragato 2013

    26 August 2013 by Geoff Thorpe

    If you’re going to the Romeo Bragato Conference this week we hope to see you at the Riversun stand.

    We are really excited about launching our brand new website at the conference. Come along and let us take you on a world first virtual tour of grape varieties and clones on the vine, answer a simple question and go into draw to win an iPad! We’ve also got some great micro-vins of our imported and classic chardonnay clones for you to try.

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  • Welcome to our new website

    24 August 2013 by Amy Richardson

    It has been a labour of love and is now complete!  Browse through exciting new videos of the fruiting zone of grapes on the vine, as well as updated clonal information and bunch photographs.

    Any comments welcome, we can be reached by phone 0800 11 34 47 or email us

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