Programme

Market to vine is the theme for this year's Conference.

Please note the speakers, timings and session topics are subject to change. More information will be added over the next few weeks.

Day 1 – Wednesday 30 Aug 2017

Time Session
07:00 — 08:30

REGISTRATION

07.30 — 08.30

BREAKFAST

08:30 — 08:35

Welcome to Bragato 2017

08:35 — 08:50

Market to vine Steve Green, New Zealand Winegrowers

08:50 — 09:20

New Zealand wine sales around the world Mike Walton, Owner and Founder, Michael Walton Consulting

We know NZ is either the number one or two highest priced wine category. But how is our market share and pricing developing in our key markets today? Mike Walton, ex-Nielsen, reports.

09:20 — 09:40

Wine-Searcher: Global search trends around New Zealand wine David Allen MW, Wine Director, Wine-Searcher

Now we know NZ's market share and pricing, what is the trend for searches for NZ wine? How do we compare with our competitors in the premium wine space? Who are our competitors? David Allen MW reports.

09:40 — 10:20

MORNING TEA

In trade area

10:20 — 11:20

Evolving wine styles: From the vineyard to the consumer Dr. Simon Hooker, General Manager Research, New Zealand Winegrowers; Richard Lee, Project Marketing Manager, Lifestyle Wines Programme; Jamie Marfell, Pernod Ricard; Beth Forrest, Forrest Estate; Avram Deitch, Yealands Estate

A technical and research perspective on developing wine styles. How three wine companies have incorporated PGP research in their own innovative production of lighter wines.

11:20 — 11:40

New Zealand Winegrowers Inc AGM

11:40 — 12:00

Bragato Wine Awards White Trophy Presentations Steve Green, Chair, New Zealand Winegrowers

12:00 — 13:15

LUNCH

13:15 — 14:25

Workshop 1: Continuing the chain of custody: How to get the best out of certified grapevines Dr. Edwin Massey, Biosecurity Manager, New Zealand Winegrowers; Nick Hoskins, Viticulturist and General Manager, Vine Managers Wairarapa Ltd; Dr. Samantha Scarratt, Wither Hills; Emma Taylor, Vineyard Plants; Nigel Sowman, Dog Point Vineyard

This session will highlight best practice guidance on the steps involved from purchasing new certified grape vines through to these vines delivering a first crop.  Each panelist will focus on a different step in the chain of custody and highlight dos and don’ts to get the best return on your investment in new vines.

13:15 — 14:25

Workshop 2: Embrace, explore, evolve - Pinot Noir 2017 (Tasting) Clive Jones, Head Winemaker, Nautilus Estate; Helen Masters, Ata Rangi

Revisiting Pinot Noir 2017 with a tasting to reflect each day and each theme of the event; Embrace Explore Evolve.

13:15 — 14:25

Workshop 3: Evolution of winestyles Dr. Jeff Bennett, Plant and Food Research; Dr. Mark Krasnow, Independent Viticulture Consultant, Thoughtful Viticulture; Glen Creasy; Dr. David Jordan

Viticultural techniques are playing a strong role in developing new wine styles. Harvest timing, canopy reduction and other vineyard manipulations are proving useful in the creation of lighter wines and are discussed in depth. 

13:15 — 14:25

Workshop 4: Business health check - Enhancing business performance Alistair King, Partner - Business Advisory, Crowe Horwath; Nick Dalgety, Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry of Primary Industries; Matt Harvey, Head of Agribusiness Centre, FMG; Peter Felstead, Tax Partner, Deloittes

This workshop brings together experts in different fields of agri-business to look at strategies and tools that industry can draw on to analyse and enhance business performance. There will be a focus on gross margin analysis, implications on market valuation, wine stock valuation, protecting your going concern, and overall financial performance

14:25 — 15:10

AFTERNOON TEA

15:10 — 16:20

Workshop 5: Are you ready for the next big one? - Lessons from M7.8 Dr. Edwin Massey, Biosecurity Manager, New Zealand Winegrowers; Will Lomax, Onguard Seismic Systems

In this session Will Lomax will highlight learnings from the 2016 M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake regarding wine industry resilience to seismic events.

15:10 — 16:20

Workshop 6: Climbing the Sommit™ - Engaging the world's sommeliers Stephen Wong MW, Wine Sentience; Felicity Johnston, Global Marketing Executive, New Zealand Winegrowers

A look at the Sommit™ initiative; its origins, its development, and its future for presenting New Zealand wine to top international and domestic sommeliers.

15:10 — 16:20

Workshop 7: Lighter wines – Evolving flavours and quality (Tasting) Dr. Simon Hooker, General Manager Research, New Zealand Winegrowers; Benedicte Pineau, Plant and Food Research; Heath Stafford

A selection of eight wines produced by companies participating in New Zealand Winegrowers’ Lighter Wines PGP Programme showcase why premium, lower alcohol wines are finding increasing favour among consumers both at home and abroad.

15:10 — 16:20

Workshop 8: What's trending? – Mike Trought, Principal Scientist, Plant and Food Research, Associate Professor Lincoln University

New research findings of interest to the New Zealand wine industry are presented by graduate and post-graduate students.

16:20 — 16:50

Young Viticulturist of the Year Speeches Nicky Grandorge, National Co-ordinator Young Viticulturist of the Year, New Zealand Winegrowers

17:00 — 18:00

Evening masterclass 1: Aromatics Symposium 2017 - Tasting our story Dom Maxwell, Greystone Wines; Stephen Wong MW, Wine Sentience

Taste the New Zealand Aromatic story presented to international delegates at the inaugural New Zealand Aromatics Symposium, with wines to reflect each of the varieties and themes presented, and the discussions and responses that resulted. 

18:30 — 19:30

Evening Masterclass 2: Classic Reds Symposium 2017 - Tasting our story Chloe Somerset, Cable Bay; Warren Gibson, Chief Winemaker, Trinity Hill Ltd

Taste the New Zealand Classic Reds story presented to international delegates at the inaugural New Zealand Classic Reds Symposium, with wines to reflect each of the varieties and themes presented, and the discussions and responses that resulted. 

17:00 — 20:00

Bragato Wine Awards Medal Tasting

Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000

Day 2 – Thursday 31 Aug 2017

Time Session
07:30 — 08:30

BREAKFAST

Breakfast will be held in the trade area.

08:30 — 09:30

Ripening grapes in challenging vintages – Dr. Mark Eltom, Research, New Zealand Winegrowers; Mike Trought, Principal Scientist, Plant and Food Research, Associate Professor Lincoln University; Brett McClen, Brown Brothers

A national and international perspective on managing the highs and lows of a challenging vintage, highlighting the importance of innovation and flexibility.

09:30 — 10:10

Wine, women and our future Jeni Port, Journalist, Australia; Sandra Taylor, CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, USA

This session will look why it is important to involve, advance and celebrate women in the wine industry. Drawing on experiences from our speakers and recent research, the session will explore if achieving diversity would ultimately strengthen New Zealand wine businesses and how it could affect our relationship with the consumer. 

10:10 — 10.40

100% Pure - Our wine tourism opportunity Chris Yorke, Global Marketing Director, New Zealand Winegrowers; Stephen England-Hall, Tourism NZ

With tourism numbers on the rise, it is important to understand what this means to the wine industry in order to be prepared for the future. Tourism New Zealand CEO Stephen England-Hall joins us to share tourism insights and future strategies relevant to businesses operators in New Zealand.

10.40 — 11.20

MORNING TEA

11.20 — 12.20

Sustainability - who cares? – Justine Tate, Business Development Manager - Sustainable Winegrowing NZ; Sandra Taylor, CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, USA; Blake Holgate, Research analyst, Rabobank; Fabian Yukich, Executive Director, Villa Maria Estate

International guest speaker Sandra Taylor, sustainable agriculture specialist Blake Holgate and Fabian Yukich from Villa Maria Estate tell us why sustainability is important to our industry, New Zealand and globally.

12.20 — 12:50

Protecting our Vineyards: Biosecurity in action - protecting $5b of vineyard assets Dr. Edwin Massey, Biosecurity Manager, New Zealand Winegrowers; Steve Gilbert, Ministry for Primary Industries

This session will highlight the steps taken by MPI quarantine officers at the border to mitigate the risk posed to the wine industry  by Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

12:50 — 13:10

Bragato Wine Awards Red Trophy Presentations Steve Green, Chair, New Zealand Winegrowers

13:10 — 14:20

LUNCH

14:20 — 15:30

Workshop 9: Ripening grapes in challenging vintages – Dr. Mark Eltom, Research, New Zealand Winegrowers; Brett McClen, Brown Brothers; Damian Martin, Plant and Food Research; Ollie Powrie, Villa Maria

This workshop continues the discussion on the importance of innovation and flexibility when managing a challenging vintage.

14:20 — 15:30

Workshop 10: Making zero waste happen – Justine Tate, Business Development Manager - Sustainable Winegrowing NZ; Geoff Thorpe, Managing Director, Riversun Nursery Ltd; Tracey Marshall

This workshop showcases different businesses and their respective journeys towards ‘zero waste to landfill’. The speakers offer practical advice and their experiences from initial goal setting and employee buy-in through to working with a supply chain to solve issues outside of their immediate control.

14:20 — 15:30

Workshop 11: Improve your access to markets Lisa Winthrop, Ministry for Primary Industries; Brian Wilson, MFAT

New Zealand has trade agreements with many countries, and is working on more.  How can those agreements help you to grow your exports, and what tools and support does the government have in place to help you access those markets? What should you do if you encounter barriers to accessing export markets?  The workshop will include an opportunity to raise any wine market access questions you may have.

14:20 — 15:30

Workshop 12: Wine tourism: The world to your door Chris Yorke, Global Marketing Director, New Zealand Winegrowers; Jamie Bisiar, Wine Tourism Project Coordinator, New Zealand Winegrowers

This workshop examines wine tourism in New Zealand and effective marketing practices to reach the appropriate audience.  Information and tools will be provided to put businesses on the path to sustainable tourism strategies.

15:30 — 16:00

Market to Vine - Panel discussion Mike Walton, Owner and Founder, Michael Walton Consulting; Jeni Port, Journalist, Australia; Chloe Somerset, Cable Bay; Caine Thompson; Clive Jones, Head Winemaker, Nautilus Estate

A look at how our industry is market driven and what this means. How we gather and manage market data, what current and future trends/threats/opportunities are/could be, and how the wine industry should, could or does respond to these. 

16:00 — 16:30

Pic's Peanut Butter Pic Picot, Pic's Peanut Butter

'Pic' Picot talks us through all the crunchy bits of his success story... creating a global brand with a homely beginning. 

19:00

BRAGATO DINNER

Join us to find out the winners of the Bragato Wine Awards and Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year.  

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