New Zealand export wine growth has slowed and will soon begin
to dip on lower available supply from the 2012 harvest, the
latest Rabobank wine quarterly says.
New Zealand's wine industry is seeing "signs of a new
optimism emerging" after enduring tough times since 2008, New
Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan says.
Waitaki Valley wines are going on the road, buoyed by two
major recent successes at international wine shows.
Queenstown-based Wai Dining Group has expanded into Gibbston
with the acquisition of the Winehouse, formerly owned by
Henry van Asch, of Van Asch Wines and bungy fame.
Church Road Winery in Hawkes Bay has introduced a new series
of wine to celebrate its founder, Tom McDonald.
Although the New Zealand wine industry's story is a tale of
expansion, winemakers feel the narrative's hard edges as
sharp growing pains.
Global wine exports are continuing along a general growth
trend with the exception of South Africa and Australia, as
the strength of their domestic currencies dampens demand in
The Central Otago wine industry is happy to bask in some
reflected glory after a local man won the national Young
Viticulturist of the Year contest.
Nick Paulin made history at the weekend by being the first
Central Otago person to win the national Young Viticulturist
of the Year title, then headed straight back to work.
A marked increase in New Zealand's grape harvest this year
has been driven by strong yields and a young vineyard estate
which continues to mature.
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