Late last week, New Zealand Winegrowers released details of this year's wine harvest in the country. Here's a closer look at some of the numbers.

New Zealand's wine grape harvest in 2012 totalled 269,000 tonnes, a fall of 18% on 2011.

Here's a look at the regional production changes compared with 2011, in tonnes.

  2011 2012 Change % Change
Northland 111 92 -18 -17
Auckland 1,464 1,220 -244 -17
Waikato 51 7 -44 -86
Gisborne 14,450 15,590 1,141 8
Hawkes Bay 35,533 32,793 -2,740 -8
Wairarapa 3,598 4,271 673 19
Marlborough 244,893 188,649 -56,244 -23
Nelson 7,854 6,129 -1,725 -22
Waipara 9,231 6,697 -2,534 -27
Canterbury 254 382 128 50
Central Otago 7,104 8,115 1,010 14
Total Tonnes 324,591 263,944 -60,647 -19

Next, here's a look at the changes in production for major varieties, again in tonnes.

  2011 2012 Change % Change
Sauvignon Blanc 224,412 181,121 -43,291 -19
Pinot Noir 31,156 23,285 -7,872 -25
Chardonnay 25,580 22,855 -2,725 -11
Pinot Gris 17,787 15,347 -2,440 -14
Merlot 9,092 8,046 -1,047 -12
Riesling 6,118 4,989 -1,129 -18
Syrah 1,741 1,431 -310 -18
Gewurztraminer 1,836 1,249 -588 -32
Cabernet Sauvignon 1,667 1,120 -547 -33
  • The wine grape producing area in 2012 is estimated to have totalled 33,400 hectares, the same as 2011.
  • Over the past ten years, Sauvignon Blanc’s share of New Zealand's grape crop has raised from 38% to 69%. Chardonnay, meanwhile, has fallen from 21% to 9% of total production. Pinot Noir has varied between 9% and 13% depending on the vintage, while 'full bodied reds' have fallen from 13% to 4%. Pinot Gris has moved from less than 1% to 6% of total grape production over the decade.