Pinot Noir NZ 2017 - Turangawaewae

Pinot Noir NZ 2017 - Turangawaewae

Tūrangawaewae is one of the most well-known and powerful Māori concepts. Literally tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet), it is often translated as ‘a place to stand’. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. Ropata Taylor and Rachel Taulelei discuss what Tūrangawaewae means for Kono and our people.

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Pinot Noir NZ 2017 attracts global wine industry leaders

Pinot Noir NZ 2017 attracts global wine industry leaders

An astounding selection of global wine imbibers and influencers will descend on the nation’s capital this month for New Zealand’s most significant wine event, Pinot Noir NZ 2017. The sold out event includes a line-up of 30 speakers from Japan, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, who are tasked with sparking thought-provoking discussions among 600 Pinot Noir lovers from 20 different countries.

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Annies Wins at Munch Awards

Annies Wins at Munch Awards

Annies, a subsidiary of Kono NZ, are excited to announce that their fruit bars have been named as the Best Kids Food Product in the 2016 Munch Foods Awards. The awards, now in their fourth year, are run by Munch, an eco-friendly New Zealand company.

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Annies donates to North Canterbury

Annies donates to North Canterbury

Annies, a subsidiary of Kono NZ, have donated a pallet of Annies Apples Rings following the large earthquake on the 14th of November. "We’re delighted to be able to help the people of Canterbury, and our thoughts are with them at this unsettling time.” Mel Chambers, GM Foods.

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New hub to boost Māori innovation

New hub to boost Māori innovation

Māori business innovators in the Lower Hutt region are set to benefit from a new innovation hub launched this week by Callaghan Innovation. Te Whare a Māui - The Maori Innovation Hub, is a shared working space with tools to assist collaboration and innovation.

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The Block - Tohu Vineyard

The Block - Tohu Vineyard

There's a spot at the edge of Tohu vineyard, where the Awatere River flows belo, Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku looms above, and the rest of the world pales to insignificance. It's a spot you can imagine Mugwi Macdonald standing on in 2000, and deciding this was where the Wakatū should plant vines.  

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Mussel shells used in the brown beetle battle

Mussel shells used in the brown beetle battle

For the past three years, PhD student Mauricio González-Chang and Steve Wratten have been working with Kono Beverages to develop a range of "agro-ecological" techniques to disrupt the brown beetles' lifecycle and behaviour, and reduce their impact. 

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Wahine Toa: Rachel Taulelei

Wahine Toa: Rachel Taulelei

Business savvy, and an innate gift for innovation have led to extraordinary success —first as an entrepreneur founding Yellow Brick Road (a wholesale seafood company), and most recently as the first female CEO of one of the country’s largest food and beverage exporters, Kono. 

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A Taste of Nelson

A Taste of Nelson

Jonny Hiscox is rightfully very proud of his workplace, the Whenua Matua vineyards that are home to Aronui Wines. The name Whenua Matua means significant land – and significant it is. The Whenua Matua vineyard land in the Moutere Hills has special significance to iwi in the region. It is part of tenths reserve lands and can never be sold.

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Past, Present & Future

Past, Present & Future

In her first public speech as CEO, Rachel Taulelei told a chartered accountants conference in Nelson, that where the company has come from is just, if not more important than where it is going.

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Kono Rides to Victory in Texas

Kono Rides to Victory in Texas

The Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition in Texas attracted nearly 2,500 entries from 20 different countries, including Chile, Croatia, France, New Zealand and Portugal. Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 emerged as a winner, being awarded a Double Gold Medal and Reserve Class Champion. 

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Tutū Cider from Ancestral Lands in Nelson

Tutū Cider from Ancestral Lands in Nelson

Having already garnered an excellent national and international reputation for our Tohu and Aronui Wines, we knew that we had the skill and knowledge to present a unique offering to a growing segment of the beverage market. We are proud to release our very first cider – Tutū.

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Kono NZ Strikes Gold in Australia

Kono NZ Strikes Gold in Australia

Four trophies in one week at the Sydney International Wine Competition and Australia Alternative Varieties Wine Show is a huge nod to our commitment to excellence in both our Nelson and Marlborough vineyards and in the winery where we are dedicated to sustainable best practice.

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