Producers from each of New Zealand's wine regions will have some 2001 vintages bottles under screwcap. And as well as unwooded white wines, they will include some red varieties, Pinot Noir and Merlot.

Rose Prendeville, project co-ordinator of the NZ Screwcap Wine Seal Initiative said the move to screwcaps is being led by some of the country's top makers.

The Initiative is a grouping of 27 member wineries from Auckland, Martinborough, Hawkes Bay, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and Central Otago. They have been supported by two suppliers Pechiney/Esvin (Stelvin brand) and Auscap (Supervin), while ACI Glass Packaging (NZ) has produced new moulds for screwcap glass.

As reported in just-drinks yesterday there is also gathering momentum among Australian producers of unwooded white wines - mainly Riesling - to use screwcaps.

Wines & Spirits in Australia 2001