Skip to main content

Held annually in February, New Zealand Wine Week is a celebration of all things New Zealand wine, from the wines themselves to our industry as a whole. This year, in addition to physical events, New Zealand Winegrowers hosted bitesize 30-minute webinars covering research at the forefront of New Zealand wine, our wine regions, and our country’s commitment to climate change.

BRI was delighted to contribute to one of the webinars, “Expanding the Scope of Sauvignon Blanc Vine Diversity in New Zealand”. The session looked at how BRI’s Sauvignon Blanc Grapevine Improvement programme is producing a collection of diverse Sauvignon Blanc vines to screen for key traits using genetic sequencing and nursery trials. The hope is that future local winegrowers will be able to plant new types of locally-developed Sauvignon Blanc vines that improve the resilience, productivity, sustainability and quality of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Watch the webinar to hear UK-based wine writer Dr Jamie Goode, BRI’s Dr Darrell Lizamore and winemaker Emma Marris of Marisco discuss the project and its possibilities.


We have also seen some great international coverage following the event, including the following articles:

Leave a Reply