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Michael Glover in Cuisine Magazine May Edition – ‘ War and Place’

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‘War and Place’ – Mahana’s winemaker Michael Glover shares his unique manifesto with John Saker in the May Edition of Cuisine Magazine.

“I totally believe the wine gods have given sauvignon blanc to New Zealand. No one can doubt the synergy the variety has with this place. But we have this freedom we’re not using. There should be all sorts of different expressions, intriguing wines. I don’t want a Loire Valley producer to come to New Zealand and say, ‘These guys are trying to copy us and doing a bad job of it.’ I want him to come and be excited and jealous of the tastes and textures we’re getting, and to say, ‘I wonder if Mum and Dad will let me do that?”

Read the full article here.

Mahana Estates ‘Throwing out the Roseworthy Rules’

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John Saker: ‘Winemakers try something new, throwing out the Roseworthy Rules’

“It wasn’t long ago that a winemaker deemed to be “experimental” was one who planted a new grape variety. If the variety’s name was suitably evocative (eg Albarino), the producer wasn’t just experimental, but a rebellious pathfinder. It’s always interesting to see how a new variety adapts to life in Aotearoa. However, that’s no longer the cool laboratory. The best experiments today are all about method, in the vineyard and winery, no matter what variety you’re dealing with.”

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Mahana Estates new releases epitomise a fresh approach

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Mahana Estates is very excited to launch a collection of new releases that are the result of innovative approaches in the winery and, in some cases, faith and inspiration, according to winemaker Michael Glover.

The look of all labels has been refreshed with bright, bold colours lending the labels an energy and dynamism that is more in keeping with what’s happening at the winery, says Michael Glover. “It’s captivating and attractive on the shelf and expresses the innovation and creativity that we are using in our approach to winemaking.”

For more information on our exciting new releases, see the full article in the New Zealand Wine Directory


Mahana Estates talks authenticity with wine

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Mahana Estates is challenging preconceived ideas as to what ‘normal’ is and where boundaries are, embracing the values of quality, authenticity and the laws of terroir.  Winemaker, Michael Glover, is excited to announce Mahana Estates move to Kemp Wine Merchants as its New Zealand distributor.  Kemp Wine Merchants attraction is that their culture matches well with Mahana’s focusing on the philosophy of terroir.

It is often said that great wine is made in the vineyard – all our grapes are estate-grown, enabling quality control from the vineyard direct to the bottle. We strive to produce grapes, which not only reflect their soil, climate and environment, but also the people who curate them each season.

Michael Glover talks to Sarah Dunn at The Register about Mahana Estates move to Kemp Wine Merchants and working with Dan Kemp and his team and Mahana Estates move away from the corporate model and being true to the integrity of the wine.  Read the full article on

Mahana Estates NZ Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef 2017 – Alistair Forster

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Mahana Estates is excited to have our own Executive Chef, Alistair Forster, named as one of five Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassasor Chefs for 2017.

Last night Beef + Lamb celebrated the best of beef and lamb cookery in New Zealand by awarding 162 Excellence Awards to restaurants around the country. Mahana Estates’restaurant is one of six restaurants to gain this award in the Nelson/Marlborough region.

Find out more about Alistair Forster and the other four Ambassador Chefs at
See these great articles for more information on the Beef + Lamb Excellence Awards and Mahana Estates’Executive Chef, Alistair Forster keeps foodies and household shoppers ‘in the know’ about exciting new products, food news and recipes, published an article on their website. Read it here. “Rod Slater, Marketing Head at Beef + Lamb, describes it as a “highlight on our calendar that acknowledges incredibly talented chefs for their skills in showcasing the very best of New Zealand beef and lamb”. Any restaurant with beef and lamb on the menu can apply for the excellence award and if they meet the standard are awarded a gold plate which symbolises a high level of cookery, creativity and execution of beef and lamb.” Click here to read the full article.




HM Awards 2016 finalists announced

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HM Awards 2016 finalists have been announced and Mahana Estates is excited to be finalists in several categories in our first year of entering these awards.

Our talented Executive Chef, Alistair Forster, is in the running for Best Hotel Chef and is one of only three New Zealand Chefs who made the finalists. Mahana Villa is finalist in two categories; New Zealand Regional Property and New Zealand Lodge.

In the last 14 years, almost 8000 people have attended the HM Awards, held in Sydney and more than 550 awards have been awarded to hotels across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and Mahana Estates is thrilled to be recognised. Read the full list of HM Awards 2016 finalists here.

A Weekender’s Guide to Nelson

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“Stay overnight in an art gallery, paddleboard under the moon, then wine, wine, wine.

Hitting New Zealand for the weekend isn’t as much of a faraway adventure as it seems — the flight’s just over three hours from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. That’s almost similar to visiting Canberra or Byron, and there’s better wine at the end. And if you’re looking for a holiday that ticks multiple boxes, Nelson is a strong choice.

Shannon Connellan, Managing Editor of Concrete Playground (a digital online city guide), visited the Nelson region and explored some of the regions main attractions, which of course included Mahana Estate and the Mahana Villa.  Read the full article about the many unique attractions in Nelson  in the Weekender’s Guide to Nelson