New Zealands winegrowers have seen grape tonnage up significantly on last year

New Zealand's winegrowers have seen grape tonnage up significantly on last year

New Zealand’s wine grape harvest has risen 29% on last year as all regions saw “very favourable” growing conditions, the industry's trade body has said.

The 2014 Vintage Survey, conducted by New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW), reported that 445,000 tonnes of grapes were harvested during the season. “Virtually every region has achieved production growth and for the first time Nelson, Waipara and Central Otago have exceeded 10,000 tonnes,” the trade body said today (10 June). 

Philip Gregan, NZW’s CEO, said: "Winemakers across the country are incredibly pleased with the quality and flavours of the 2014 grape crop. The larger harvest will enable the industry to meet strong consumer demand in established and new markets and support export growth.” 

In April, NZW reported that export sales of New Zealand wine had risen by 9% in the full-year to NZD1.32bn (US$1.1bn). Producers export wine to more than 90 countries. 

Gregan added: “The New Zealand wine industry has set its sights on becoming a NZD2bn export industry, and the 2014 vintage is a good step towards this ambitious goal.”