Bumper 2014 harvest in New Zealand
New Zealand wine growers are pretty pleased with their 2014 crop which is up 29% on last year's harvest, according to the 2014 Vintage Survey, with 445,000 tonnes of grapes. Winemakers are said to be incredibly pleased, or as they say in New Zealand – stoked, with the quality and flavour of the 2014 grape. The larger harvest will enable the industry to meet strong consumer demand in established and new markets and support export growth. New Zealand wine is exported to more than 90 countries and wine exports are currently valued at $1.32 billion per annum. The bumper harvest is due to favourable growing conditions through the summer and into the early autumn. Virtually every region has achieved production growth and for the first time Nelson, Waipara and Central Otago have exceeded 10,000 tonnes. The New Zealand wine industry has set its sights on becoming a $2 billion export industry. Looks like they’re headed in the right direction !