Matamata farm boy heads to Italy on viticulture mission

Ben Richards will be buffing up his schoolboy Italian as he packs his bags for a Romeo Bragato exchange scholarship trip early next year. The former Matamata man, who is a double degree student at EIT in Hawke’s Bay, has travelled to Australia and the US before but never to Europe. So the 21-year-old is very much looking forward to his month in Italy, where he will visit wineries, vineyards and the Scuola di Viticoltura e di Enologica di Conegliano in the country’s northeast.

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Bumper harvest helped Foley Family Wines quadruple full-year profit

Foley Family Wines, which operates brands including Vavasour and Martinborough Vineyard has more than quadrupled full-year profit to $6.5 million after a bumper harvest. The NZAX-listed company controlled by American billionaire Bill Foley lifted sales to the UK and Europe by 48 per cent to 71,000 cases. Sales in New Zealand fell by 14 per cent to 101,000 cases, a performance it described as “disappointing”. Sales in Australia were flat, while North American sales rose 15 per cent to 131,000 cases.

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