Wine industry

Strong yield increases grape harvest by 23%

Strong yield increases grape harvest by 23%

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.

12 cent wine excise tax rise 'another nail'

An increase of 12c-a-litre in the wine excise tax could be "another nail in the coffin" for small Central Otago grape growers and those still establishing a market for their wine, Central Otago Wine Association executive committee member James Dicey, of Bannockburn, said yesterday.

Excise tax move hailed

Excise tax move hailed

Changes to wine excise tax regulations, benefiting more than half the country's wineries, have been welcomed.

Grape growers pleased

Grape growers pleased

Grape growers around Central Otago are pretty pleased with this season's harvest, Wine Institute chairman Steve Green, of Bannockburn, says.

Pinot noir party heralds rebound

Pinot noir party heralds rebound

Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration event manager Richard Broadhead says sales of the region's globally renowned luxury varietal are starting to bounce back from the throes of recession.

Aficionados find paradise at pinot party

Aficionados find paradise at pinot party

A clutch of luminaries has descended on Queenstown for the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration, featuring a global cast of wine writers, media movers and hospitality heavyweights.

Organisers ready to toast success

Organisers ready to toast success

Organisers for tomorrow's Central Otago Pinot Noir celebration in Queenstown say with strong ticket sales and wine aficionados flying in from around the world, the event is shaping up to be a "raging success".

Quality, price issues for wine industry

Quality, price issues for wine industry

What can the New Zealand wine industry do to protect its "premium" brand image internationally? Rob Hamlin has a suggestion.

More is less for the fruit of the vine

More is less for the fruit of the vine

As another glass of discounted premium New Zealand wine slips down around the summer barbecue, spare a thought for the winemakers.

Record grape harvest could mean hangovers

An excellent start to New Zealand's grape-growing season, indicating a record 300,000-tonne potential harvest in 2011, has wine industry leaders nervous.

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