Food and wine news

Food and wine news

Records are dropping as this year’s bumper crop of olives make its way to island presses. In contrast to 2015, when some of the island’s groves produced little or no fruit, this year’s crop flourished thanks to near-perfect pollination conditions...
He may have been crowned Winemaker of the Year in the NZ Aromatic Wine Competition, but Mudbrick’s Patrick Newton reckons it’s largely down to the grapes. “This win just cements our belief that our minimal impact style is producing outstanding...
Onetangi institution Charlie Farley’s will be under new management from 30 October. Former owners Brent and Lauren Ivory have sold the popular beachfront restaurant to the Nourish Group, which manages a growing portfolio of restaurants including Euro in Auckland, Pravda...
It’s early days but there’s quiet confidence among Waiheke winemakers of an excellent 2017 harvest - even if holidaymakers went home less than impressed with the weather. Just how elusive the summer was over the traditional holiday period was unofficially...
The ceremonial cracking of cheese is not an event to go unnoticed. Especially when the cheese is a three-year-old, 40kg heavy wheel of Italian Parmesan called Parmigiano Reggiano. Owners of the Island Grocer Nicky and Simon Cairns brought over Calum...

A Waiheke hospitality venture is basking in the glow of recognition businesses usually aim for - but often miss. Wild On Waiheke, which blends the island’s customary sipping and grazing with activities like archery and “Wildtag”, scored the Excellence in...
Waiheke vineyards seem to have come through the heaviest week of rain in recent harvest-time history largely unscathed. The 320mm recorded over five days from 7 to 11 March came as vulnerable early-ripening varieties were on the cusp of harvest. Mudbrick...
Harvest 2017 may come to be viewed as the grape escape by the island's winegrowers. After an excellent fruiting season and dry January and February, hopes for a standout vintage were dashed by heavy downpours in March and early April....
A trial of a ‘pay as you feel’ dining concept using food diverted from landfills has patrons in Auckland queueing around the block. Last Monday, a team from Mudbrick restaurant and the vineyard’s Archive Bar and Bistro headed to the...

Te Motu vineyard’s restaurant The Shed became the first Waiheke restaurant to be awarded a “hat,” a New Zealand version of a Michelin star, at this year’s Cuisine Good Food Awards held on Monday. This year also marked the first...