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Richmond Plains wins at Sydney International Wine Competition.


01 MAR  2012

Richmond Plains has won the Trophy for the best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition.


Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Nelson was awarded the Trophy ahead of other top gold medal winning wines from around the world. This is also the first New Zealand organic and biodynamic wine to be awarded this major honour at this show.


"We were very excited to be awarded a Gold Medal and to be selected as one of the top 100 entrants to this show (which is limited to 2000 entries from around the world) as well as being awarded a Blue Gold for excellence in food and wine matching. Wining the Trophy is certainly the icing on the cake" said owner Lars Jensen.


The Sydney Show differs from many as it not only awards the best tasting wines, they are also judged to find out which wines best match food. The Blue Gold is awarded for food matching. The Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc was paired with Celebrity Chef Michael Manner's goats curd tartlet with asparagus and herbs.


This is the second International Trophy in a row for consecutive Sauvignon Blanc vintages awarded to Richmond Plains. Its 2010 Sauvignon Blanc was awarded the Trophy for Best of Show Organic & Biodynamic wine at the Hong Kong International Wine Challenge in 2011.


"We are thrilled to win this trophy for our wine and it is wonderful recognition for all the hard work the team puts into making our wine" said winemaker Steve Gill. "We strive hard to work With Nature in our organic and biodynamic vineyards to produce balanced wines that not only taste great but are good for you and the environment"


Established in 1991 and exclusively organic since inception, this small family vineyard in Nelson is an organic and biodynamic specialist - the first New Zealand winery to achieve both certifications. Richmond Plains produced New Zealand's first ever Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Blanc de Noir from certified organic and biodynamic grapes.




FIVE, Organic Wine Fair Pamplona


29 FEB  2012

FIVE, the 3rd International Organic Wine Fair, will take place in April in Pamplona Wine importers from 13 countries, some of which are traditional consumers of organic wines, have confirmed their presence. Among the wide selection for tasting, there are wines produced from old vines, seldom seen on the open market. Buyers from emerging nations, such as Brazil and Mexico, are expected to attend.



FIVE is celebrating its 3rd International Organic Wine Fair, which promises to be one of the major vinicultural events of the coming spring. On the 17th and 18th of April wineries from Spain, Portugal and Southwest France will present their organic wines to specialists and professionals from the trade. The event, which aims to be the showcase for organic wines in the Iberian peninsula, will present top-quality wines, some of them produced from native vines seldom used in the commercial production of wine. Highlighting its international flavour, the fair aims to increase the number of participating countries, both buyers and visitors. In this year's fair, not only will there be importers present from 13 traditional countries, it is also hoped to attract buyers from emerging countries such as Brazil and Mexico. Last year some fifty organic wineries from Spain, Portugal and Southwest France used FIVE to exhibit their products to buyers from almost 20 countries. The fair also boasted a large selection of buyers from Spain.

FIVE is a professional fair, aimed at the different sectors of the wine trade. It is organised by organic wineries which are members of AEN (Association of Organic Agricultural Businesses of Navarre - Spain). The fair aims to be a showcase for regional wines, from an area with a great wine-producing tradition and a wealth of varieties and production techniques. On previous occasions visitors have encountered wines of character with differentiated tastes and fragrances. Some are produced from native vines not usually used in commercial production, others are biodynamic and organic wines. On organic wine-production in Spain The production of organic wine in Spain has shown signs of constant growth. The number of organic wineries has increased considerably: 408 from 2009, to 456 last year. Catalonia is the region which has seen the biggest increase in production, going from 86 to 108 organic wineries in the same period. The quality of these wines has also been a feature; many have won prizes in conventional wine-tasting competitions, as is the case of Lezaun and Aroa wineries (both from Navarre).

This 3rd FIVE fair is committed to promoting the best of organic wine in both the international and national markets. The fair will take place on April 17th and 18th in the Puerta del Camino Hotel in Pamplona and will join up once again with the National Organic Wines Competition in Estella. On the second day, the fair will hold a winetasting open to the public. The wines will be accompanied by traditional snacks, also organic, known as "tapas".





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