New Zealands harvest was up by 28%

New Zealand's harvest was up by 28%

New Zealand's wine harvest is up on the past two years, according to the country's winegrowers body, while wine shipments hit record levels last month.

About 345,000 tonnes of grapes were harvested this year, a 28% rise on last year and 5% more than in 2011, according to the 2013 Vintage Survey, released today (11 June). “The small 2012 grape crop left the industry unable to meet continuing strong consumer demand in established and new markets,” Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers, said. 

“Winemakers will welcome the more normal 2013 harvest as the better balanced supply will facilitate renewed export growth in the year ahead.” 

Gregan added that May has seen a record number of wine shipments from New Zealand. “These early shipments of 2013 wines are a sure sign that the thirst for New Zealand wine is set to stay,” he said.

New Zealand wine makers last year benefited from small EU grape harvests, according to a report in March. Overall, the EU produced 10% less wine than in 2011.