Posts tagged "New Zealand Winegrowers"

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...

Brits have a new reason to wine – price NZ sauvignon blanc in UK to go up [29 May/ NZ Herald]

The price of New Zealand sauvignon blanc in the United Kingdom is set to increase due to the smaller 2015 harvest. New Zealand Winegrowers Marketing Manager, Chris Stoud said the 2015 vintage is expected to decrease by around 25 percent compared to 2014, but that there is no reason for concern as wineries would manage...

Domestic New Zealand wine sales up 18 per cent [18 May/ Business Day]

Domestic New Zealand wine sales grew 18 percent to around 60 million litres, following a bumper 2014 vintage. The total domestic wine market including imported wine sat at around 95 million litres. Exported New Zealand wine rose 5 percent on 2013, to 196 litres worth $1.38 billion. Sales to Australia dropped by 3 percent, to...

Exporters frustrated with NZ dollar climb

[7 April/ RadioNZ] The high New Zealand dollar, edging closer to parity with the Australian, is frustrating exporters as it is reducing the value of exports to New Zealand’s second biggest market. New Zealand Winegrowers Chief Executive, Philip Gregan said winemakers would stick with Australia as it has been a very good market over the...

NZ wine regions to receive protection

[1 April/ RadioNZ] The government has announced it will pass legislation to set up a geographical indications registration system seeking to protect the geographical descriptions of New Zealand wines and spirits. New Zealand Winegrowers Chief Executive, Philip Gregan said having legislation to back a registration scheme would help to protect New Zealand wines from misappropriation...

Wine exports reach record high

[9 March/ NZ Herald] New Zealand Winegrowers have announced that wine exports have reached a record high, increasing 8.2 percent to $1.37 billion, moving wine to New Zealand’s sixth largest export product, driven by strong demand in key markets. A high quality, albeit smaller, 2015 vintage is expected due to the warm dry summer conditions,...

NZ Winegrowers opposes costly MPI proposal

[19 January / Business Day] New Zealand Winegrowers say the Ministry for Primary Industries’ proposal to recover $2.9 million per year from the industry in order to meet regulation costs as part of a wider review of the fees it charges the primary industries for its biosecurity and food safety services and activities are unjustifiable....

Air NZ moves to one wine supplier

[19 January/ Business Day] Air New Zealand has confirmed that its Koru lounges and economy and premium economy cabins will only stock Villa Maria wines. New Zealand Winegrowers chairman, Steve Green said the move is not constructive for the wine industry, as having wines featured on the airline increases the wine’s profile, particularly for smaller...

Summer heat good for grape quality

[10 January/ NZ Farmer] Warmer conditions have helped Marlborough vineyard growth. Giesen Wines viticulture manager, Mike Poff said recent high temperatures had resulted in a huge increase in growth in his vineyards. Despite the crop not being as big as the last couple of years, he expects the quality to be good. New Zealand Winegrowers...

Small wineries sip profits

[23 December/ Business Day] The latest annual financial benchmarking survey released by New Zealand Winegrowers and Deloitte indicate better profits across wineries of all sizes. The report highlighted that it is the bigger wineries that are bringing in larger profits. There was a record harvest of 445,000 tonnes of grapes this year, which was a...

EU breakthrough for organic wine exporters

[13 October/ The National Business Review] The European Commission has agreed to recognise New Zealand’s organic wine production methods as equivalent to its own methods under the Official Organic Assurance Programme, allowing organic and biodynamic producers to apply the same generic certification label used on organic products of the destination country. The programme also operates...

Winemaker’s comments ruffle feathers

[25 September/ Business Day] An article in British drinks trade magazine, the Drinks Business, quotes Jackson Estate chief winemaker, Matt Patterson-Green as saying many lower to mid-tier New Zealand wines on sale in the United Kingdom were “boring’ and “soulless” and are the flow-on from the 2008 oversupply. Jackson Estate managing director, Jeff Hart said...