Posts tagged "New Zealand Winegrowers"

East Asian harlequin ladybird raises concerns after sightings in Kaitaia

[14 May/The Country] A new variety of ladybug has established itself on our shores and has now been found in Kaitaia. The East Asian harlequin ladybird was first found in 2016 in New Zealand but appears to now be widespread. It does not pose a threat to human health, but can help out the gardeners...

We’re selling cheaper wine overseas, but more of it

[9 July/Stuff] New Zealand winemakers were earning less for a litre of export wine, however the total export value of the industry has risen quickly. According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, the total value of wine export had grown sixfold. New Zealand Winegrowers Global Marketing Director, Chris Yorke, said wine had become cheaper to...

NZ’s apple and pear industry goes pip-squeaky clean on labour exploitation

[13 August/Business Day] Recent investigations by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has highlighted that migrant labour is on occasion being paid less than minimum wage. With European supermarkets now having to comply with law like the Modern Slavery Act in the UK and growing customer concern they are increasingly willing to ditch suppliers...

Bad news winos, the number of grapes harvested in NZ has dropped by 9 percent

[12 June/ Stuff] New Zealand’s grape harvest this year produced 396,000 tonnes, 9 percent less than last year’s 436,000 tonnes. This year’s harvest is still the third largest harvest on record. New Zealand Winegrowers CEO Philip Gregan said heavy rainfall and cool, windy weather had played a part in the overall reduction, adding the smaller...

Swirl, sniff and spit: pinot noir lovers hit town

 [2 February/ Radio New Zealand] New Zealand Winegrowers has recently hosted their Pinot Noir celebration to acknowledge the increase in pinot noir exports from New Zealand, almost doubling from just under 6 million litres to over 12 million. The event allows local wineries to network with international buyers and connoisseurs. Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones said...

Wine officials prepare ground for post-Brexit trade

[16 September/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] New Zealand Winegrowers Chief Executive, Philip Gregan said preliminary discussions have been held with the United Kingdom Wine and Spirit Trade Association over a new trade agreement following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The United Kingdom was New Zealand’s second largest export market for wine, worth $380...

New Zealand wine exports up 10%

[19 August/ Scoop Business] New Zealand Winegrowers’ Annual report showed exports have risen by 10 percent in the last year to just under $1.6 billion. New Zealand Winegrowers Chair, Steve Green said the industry was on track to reach its target of $2 billion of exports by 2020. Mr Green added that the progress towards...

Grape vintage up a third from last year

 [20 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The 2016 New Zealand grape harvest of 436,000 tonnes was 34 percent higher than last year but 2 percent lower than 2014. Wine Commentator, Michael Cooper said the quality would be a mixed bag because heavy yielding years generally had less concentrated flavours. New Zealand Winegrowers Chief Executive Officer,...

Wine research centre needs Marlborough District Council funding

[Marlborough Express/ 9 June] New Zealand Winegrowers believes that the proposed New Zealand Research Institute of Viticulture and Oenology is set to get the green light from the government and secure $25 million of funding but it will need support from the local council.  The centre will be a world class research facility, placing the...

Wine profitability up for big wineries, down for small wineries

[29 January/ Business Day] According to a New Zealand Winegrowers survey, boutique wineries are losing money following a tough 2015. Wineries which generated more than $20 million in revenue had an average profit of 30.5 percent, while wineries with sales less than $1.5 million had an average loss of 9 percent. New Zealand Winegrowers Chief...

Wine exports reach record $1.5 billion

[28 January/ NZ Herald] New Zealand wine exports have increased by 14 percent in 2015, reaching a record high of $1.54 billion. New Zealand Winegrowers Chief Executive, Philip Gregan said the growth was an outstanding achievement and showed that global demand for New Zealand wine is strong. Mr Gregan added that the value of exports...

NZ wines fetch premium in Britain

[26 November/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] According to Nielsen, the value and volume of New Zealand wine sold in the United Kingdom is second to France in all price categories over GBP 7.00. The average bottle of New Zealand wine is now GBP 7.37, above the overall British average of GBP 5.46. It is also...

Support for industry body for winemakers and growers

[23 October/ Radio New Zealand Rural] New Zealand Winegrowers has received strong support from wine makers and grape growers for the continued levy funding of the organisation.  87% of winery members and 90% of grape growers voted in favour of retaining the levies, which are used to fund research into winemaking and marketing New Zealand...

US now biggest buyer of NZ wine

[17 August/ Radio NZ Rural] The United States has surpassed Australia to become New Zealand’s largest wine export market by value. According to New Zealand Winegrowers, the value of exports to the United States increased by 13 percent, to $372 million for the year to June. Winegrowers New Zealand Chairman, Steve Green said the growth...