Whitehaven News


Whitehaven Wines recognised as a 2017 Imported Wine Hot Brand in the USA, for second year in a row
08 June 2018:

The USA's 2017 Imported Wine Hot Brands list was published in the April 2018 issue of Market Watch, an international publication produced by Shanken Communications – the publisher of the renowned Wine Spectator magazine.  
The award recognises the Whitehaven brand’s 25% growth in the USA market during 2017, something Whitehaven has achieved through its distributor relationship with E&J Gallo.  The award also recognises the consistency of the
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Whitehaven wins Champion Sauvignon Blanc
04 March 2018:

Whitehaven Wine Company Limited has had its fair share of successes in the first part of 2018 with two of its Sauvignon Blanc being awarded Champion Sauvignon Blanc of Show, at two different competitions.

At an awards night held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on 3rd March, Whitehaven’s Sauvignon Blanc 2017 was named the Royal Easter Show 2018 Champion Sauvignon Blanc of Show.  This, following on from the company’s ‘Greg’ single vineyard Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc being awarded Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show late
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Whitehaven announces Gold Partnership
24 November 2017:

Fish and wine. Maybe the wine wouldn’t be as tasty at the table without the fish, or the fish without the wine, but one thing is for sure; why would we wish to lose one or the other?

Established in 2012 LegaSea is a public outreach initiative of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council, tasked with increasing public awareness about the sustainable management of fisheries for future generations.

Whitehaven, a Marlborough winery, is an accredited sustainable winery and sustainability is an integral part of the company’s ethos.  To this end, Whitehaven supports and encourages numerous sustainability
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Air New Zealand Wine Awards
01 November 2017:

Whitehaven has been achieved an outstanding result from the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards with two golds and three silver awards being awarded to our wines.

Both Whitehaven's 2017 Marlborough Riesling and 2017 Marlborough Chardonnay were awarded Gold medals, while four wines received
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Trophy awarded to 2017 'Greg' Sauvignon Blanc
07 October 2017:

Whitehaven's 2017 'Greg' Sauvignon Blanc has been awarded a trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc at this year's New Zealand International Wine Show. Judges describe the 'Greg' Sauvignon Blanc as "Tropical fruit and musk fill the bouquet and shimmy through the long focussed textural palate together with cape gooseberry, melon, hints of tomato stalk and passionfruit." 

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Wine Spectator August 2017
31 August 2017:

Wine Spectator has reviewed the 2016 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc with a lovely review of this quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc "Vivid, with fresh, grassy green notes to complement the juicy lemon-lime core, accented by a hint of pineapple.  Drink
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Rickshaw Run
11 July 2017:

Whitehaven Wines are thrilled to be supporting the Rickshaw Run the length of India.  Help us to support this team in raising funds for their two charities, by donating to their page at https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/teamcametow 

In a moment of stupidity or drunken bravery two kiwi's and a Brit have made the decision to drive a glorified lawnmower resembling a sewing machine on wheels the length of India. The intrepid 3,500km journey of the Rickshaw Run will commence in Kochin (South India) in August and finish (if we make it) in
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Whitehaven sponsors NZ Opera - Carmen season
01 July 2017:

Whitehaven is proud to be a Hospitality Partner to the NZ Opera.  We are currently supporting the Opera's season of Carmen.  Ole!  Try our wines at the venue before the show.
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Whitehaven Exports 1 Millionth Case of Sauvignon Blanc to the USA
21 December 2015:

Sue White and her late husband Greg established Renwick-based Whitehaven Winery in 1994.

Whitehaven’s distribution agreement with North American liquor giant E & J Gallo enabled the winery to become one of the first New Zealand wineries to penetrate the US market.

The first year’s shipment to the United States was 5000 cases in 2004.

By 2010 when the NZ government began actively promoting NZ wine exports to the US, Whitehaven had already become the favourite New Zealand wine being poured for American consumers.

By then, the US Wine and Spirits magazine had declared
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Whitehaven Sponsors New ASB Theatre in Blenheim
18 December 2015:

As one of Marlborough’s longest established wineries, Whitehaven Wine Company celebrates Christmas and the export of its one millionth case of wine to the USA with a big Christmas gift for Marlborough – a 10 year sponsorship package for the new ASB Civic Theatre in Blenheim.

Long time supporter of theatre events in Marlborough, managing director, Sue White has pledged sponsorship of the function room in the new theatre overlooking the Taylor River. It will be named 'The Whitehaven Wine Room'.  The main theatre will hold more than 700 people and an additional theatre will seat over
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BLUE GOLD & TOP 100 - Sydney International Wine Show 2016
09 December 2015:

We won BLUE GOLD & TOP 100 for our Awatere Valley Single Vineyard 'Greg' Sauvignon Blanc 2015 at the Sydney International Wine Show 2016.  Well done to our growers, Andy and Michelle Peter.

BLUE GOLD is awarded to wines judged with food.  The finalists fall within approx. the 10th percentile of all entries.

TOP 100 is also judged with food.  These are the 100 highest scoring of the BLUE GOLD award
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Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015 - PURE GOLD
09 December 2015:

Our Whitehaven Chardonnay 2014 and our Whitehaven Gewürztraminer 2014 won PURE GOLD at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015!!

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards has been running for over 30 years and is New Zealand's premier wine
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CUISINE - 5 STARS and TOP 5 - WHITEHAVEN Sauvignon Blanc 2015
09 December 2015:

Today the embargo was lifted and we can announce that our 2015 WHITEHAVEN Sauvignon Blanc was awarded 5 STARS and TOP 5 by the prestigious Cuisine Magazine - look out for the January 2016 edition for full
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Whitehaven Wins Champion Rosé Trophy at Bragato Wine Awards
08 September 2015:

Whitehaven has won the Champion Rosé Trophy and Pure Gold for our new release 2015 Pinot Rosé at the 2015 Bragato Wine Awards.

Available now at our cellar door at the Vines
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Whitehaven opens new cellar door
13 April 2015:

We're very please to annouce the opening of our new cellar door at the Vines Village Artisan Hub on Rapaura Road.  

Our cellar door is open seven days a week for wine tastings and sales.

Whitehaven Cellar Door
The Vines Village
193 Rapaura Road,
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Vintage Update - February 2015
01 February 2015:

Marlborough’s 2015 vintage is shaping up to be another impressive year, thanks to a hot, dry growing season.

Whitehaven Wines senior winemaker Sam Smail says veraison has begun bang on schedule despite a slow start to the season.

“People probably won’t remember because we’ve had such a great summer - but we had some pretty cool weather in December,” he says.

“The warm weather over the summer holidays has brought things forward again, and we’re expecting harvest to start in the last week of March as usual.”

While Marlborough holiday makers have
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2014 - it's a wrap!
15 December 2014:

With celebrating our 21st vintage, opening a state-of-the-art winery and winning a string of accolades at international wine shows, 2014 has been a big year for Whitehaven Wines.

Since starting out as a tiny producer in Marlborough in 1994, it’s been a lot of fun and a real privilege to be a part of the amazing New Zealand wine story.

For the past 10 years, the Whitehaven team had been making wine from a converted apple packing shed, so our lovely new winery with all its bells and whistles is a real treat for our hard working crew.

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Whitehaven Wins Gold at China Wine and Spirits Awards
29 August 2014:

Whitehaven Wines are pleased to have picked up three medals at the 2014 China Wine and Spirits Awards (CWSA).

The Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 each received a gold medal, while our Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 was awarded a silver medal.

The CWSA is the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in China.

More than 100 judges spent several days blind tasting more than 5000
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Looking Good for Release of 2014 Vintage Wines
21 July 2014:

After a mostly warm, dry 2014 grape growing season in Marlborough, Whitehaven’s winemakers are excited about the flavours  and aromatics in preliminary tastings of our 2014 wines.

Marlborough had a bit of a dream run at the beginning of the season, with early bud burst thanks to a warm winter in 2013, followed by a warm dry spring which promoted ideal growing conditions with little disease risk.  After some mid-season rain and cooler weather in January, the vineyards enjoyed a warm, dry
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Whitehaven wins at East Meets West
02 June 2014:

The International Eastern Wine Competition, started in 1975, is one of the oldest and longest-running wine competitions in America, while the West Coast Wine Competition, established in 1982, has annually recognized wines produced and bottled in the West.  These two well established wine competitions now go head to head every year in the International 'East Meets West' Wine challenge.   

In this year's competition not only did WHITEHAVEN win GOLD and BEST IN CLASS for our current vintage 2013 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but went on to be awarded BEST OF SHOW WHITE and BEST OF EAST MEETS
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4.5 STARS for WHITEHAVEN 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and Noble Riesling
01 February 2014:

Great results for WHITEHAVEN from the Winestate Magazine Recent Releases Tasting (to be published in the March/ April 2014 edition). The WHITEHAVEN 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Noble Riesling were awarded 4.5 Stars, while 4 stars were awarded for the 2012 Pinot Noir and 2013 Riesling.

We are delighted with these results, as they reinforce our brand value and philosophy of consistently producing reliable, quality and good value wines with varietal and regional
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Top Gold for WHITEHAVEN Riesling
10 November 2013:

The 2013 Canberra International Riesling Challenge judges assessed nearly 500 global contenders (including a Kiwi contingent) before declaring their standout wines.

Right up there with a Top Gold Medal and 96 Points was the soon to be released very moreish WHITEHAVEN Riesling 2013, the highest pointed entry in the current release Semi-Dry 2013 Vintage Class. Interestingly, the various classes of this Show are defined by degrees of sweetness, and the Champion was a high residual sugar rating German Rheingau 2011
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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc still a star
18 September 2013:

 source... TORONTO SUN:  By Christopher Waters ,QMI Agency:  Wednesday, September 18, 2013 07:00 AM EDT 

The fads and fashion of the world of wine have seen different grape varieties fall in and out of favour. Australian Shiraz enjoyed its reign as the world’s It-Grape before being cast as Paris Hilton to Argentina Malbec’s Kim Kardashian — from
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WHITEHAVEN sails into Vancouver
15 March 2013:

The highlight ‘Passionate Pairings’ dinner of the 2013 Vancouver International Wine Festival (held at The Boathouse) went all out to showcase NZ-inspired food matched with award-winning NZ wines. The winning combination was WHITEHAVEN Pinot Noir 2011 with NZ Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with arugula, aged parmesan and balsamic shallots.  

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Whitehaven Brings Vintage Flavour To Moore’s V8Supertourer
15 February 2013:

New prime partner Whitehaven Wine Company is bringing old school flavour to young gun Richard Moore’s second season in the New Zealand V8Supertourers.
With a refined look harking back to the 70’s the new livery sports your classic Go-Fast stripes, all on a clean crisp pallet of white bodywork.

“Atomic Sign’s Matt Hollis got it
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Spiegelau Trophy for Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2012
08 October 2012:

The pedigree of our WHITEHAVEN Sauvignon Blanc has again been highlighted at the 2012 Spiegelau International Wine Competition, where the current 2012 vintage was awarded the prestigious Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy.

This accolade continues an impressive track record for our flagship wine.  To be chosen best Sauvignon Blanc from a field of Marlborough gold medallists in this significant industry competition is an immensely gratifying achievement for our winemaking team, led by chief
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Gold-plated New Release 2012 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
21 September 2012:

Spring typically heralds a rush of wine awards, citations of excellence highly coveted by hard-working winemakers. And there is certainly spring in the step of the Whitehaven winemaking team, delighted that the new vintage release 2012 WHITEHAVEN Sauvignon Blanc has already scored two Gold Medals at leading New Zealand wine shows.

The first was awarded at the 2012 Spiegelau International Wine Competition chaired by Mike De Garis, and hot on its heels came another Gold at the 2012 New Zealand International Wine Show, chaired by Bob Campbell MW.

‘We are committed to making
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Whitehaven now available in Western Australia
01 April 2012:

WHITEHAVEN is proud to announce the appointment of West Coast Wine Cellars as exclusive Western Australian agent for our Whitehaven and Mansion House Bay labels.

Our flagship Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2011 was recently acclaimed ‘Best White Wine Buy of the Year’ by respected NZ wine critic and author, Michael Cooper. It will be joined on selected Perth restaurant wine lists by the Whitehaven Reserve series ‘Greg’ Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir label.

West Coast Wine Cellars launch the medal-winning Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and the companion Pinot Noir this month and
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Michael Cooper rates Whitehaven ‘Best White Wine Buy...’
16 November 2011:

The 20th Anniversary edition of New Zealand’s most influential annual wine publication Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines applauds Marlborough as the country’s leading wine region, home to both his 2012 top-pick ‘Best Wine Buys.’

This coveted citation has been given to Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2011 selected by Michael Cooper from over 2000 eligible white wines as
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