wine

Much-loved character dies

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown lost a well-loved character with the passing this month of Warwick Stalker, aged 74. Sociable and generous-hearted, he was the driving force for most of his adult life behind heating, ventilation and air conditioning business, RHE Mechanical...
By HUGH COLLINS An Arrowtown real estate agent’s slammed organisers of the Queenstown Mardi Gras for planning to run the event in the middle of the historic village. The festival’s scheduled to run on September 5 in the Ramshaw Lane carpark,...

Pop-up to replace Fishbone

By TRACEY ROXBURGH As a Queenstown eatery prepares to go up against 11 others, New Zealand-wide, in the 2020 Great NZ Toastie Takeover, it’s also preparing to pop up in the CBD. Love Chicken, which serves free-range, organic Bostock’s chicken, opened...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Former All Black rugby star Israel ‘Izzy’ Dagg’s hosting a Queenstown golf tournament to promote both golf and domestic tourism. ‘Dagg’s Queenstown Open’ is running in conjunction with All Blacks Tours over the weekend of September 19/20, with a...
Queenstown’s world famous for its adventure attractions.  Think Shotover Jet, bungy, rafting, skydiving ... the list goes on.  However, because the current Covid-19 pandemic's likely to mean New Zealand's borders don't reopen for a long time, this sector's in...

Colourful Italian import

Queenstown continues to attract its share of multi-millionaire entrepreneurs.  One such is Italian Mauro Balzarini, who was formerly Australia's largest livestock exporter.  He's now helping his wife run a new pizza and pasta place, which PHILIP CHANDLER visited last...

Gambling big on wine tourism

Having plonked about $50 million into Gibbston Valley Winery, American Phil Griffith calls himself the poster-child for foreign investment in New Zealand. He talks to Philip Chandler just weeks after opening his long-awaited lodge and spa, and on the eve of...

Central Otago in a bottle

International award-winning local winemaker Grant Taylor says: "I just want to put Central Otago in a bottle." Viv Milsom's now put Central Otago vineyards into a book. Philip Chandler distills some of her writings on Gibbston winegrowing. A new book...

Saturated wine tour market

It seems every month a new Queenstown wine tour gets cracking. Philip Chandler asks three newish companies how they stand out in one of the resort's most competitive business sectors, and gets winery owner's point of view. You may have...

Grapes of wrath

A spat's broken out between two Queenstown hop-on hop-off wine tours visiting Gibbston wineries. Marlborough-based Hop on Hop off Wine Tours is hopping mad at Queenstown Wine Trail allegedly stealing its thunder with its own Wine Hopper Bus. An "extremely disappointed"...

Peregrine signs US deal

Central Otago wine maker Peregrine Wines is on the verge of a significant distribution deal which will mean its wines being distributed throughout the United States. Otago Daily Times business editor Dene Mackenzie traverses the deal Peregrine Wines boss Fraser McLachlan...

Skyline shop seeks licence

A Queenstown  tourism company will know within the next month if it will be able to sell alcohol from a souvenir shop, a move some agencies believe would set a precedent for the resort. Skyline Enterprises Ltd appeared before the...
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