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New Zealand's growing wine sector

Central Otago grapes ripening in the sunshine, photo courtesy of Misha's Vineyard Ltd

Did you know that:

  • The New Zealand wine industry has experienced remarkable growth in production and exports over the last 10 years, – growing from exports of just $5 in 1960, to now being one of our top export earners at $1.2 billion!
  • According to the US Wine Institute, New Zealand produced 235,000 thousands of litres of wine in 2011;
  • And despite accounting for just under 1% of global wine production, NZ is the world’s eighth largest wine exporter by value – suggesting that though our wine production is relatively small, much of that production is of premium quality. New Zealand wine industry is focused on building New Zealand’s reputation for consistently high quality, sustainably produced wine for the connoisseur drinker.
  • There are around 700 wineries in New Zealand, ranging from small boutique wineries to large corporate businesses. Growers number over 800.
  • Sauvignon blanc is consistently New Zealand’s largest export variety, making up close to 84% of all wine exports. Pinot Noir follows with 6% of wine exports.
  • New Zealand’s Marlborough region is the world’s largest region for sauvignon blanc. Marlborough’s 18,000 hectares are more than double the largest sauvignon blanc region in France.
  • New Zealand Pinot Noir has a world-class reputation but New Zealand is still only a small producer of this variety
  • Looking forward, the NZ wine industry looks set to continue its growth.
  • The 2014 New Zealand wine harvest has yet to get underway, but favourable growing season conditions and early indications suggest that last year's record vintage could potentially be rivalled.

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