Marisco Vineyards is betting on long-term demand for New Zealand wine by announcing a five-year planting plot for its recently bought Leefield Estate.
Marisco will plant vines on 600ha of Leefield Station, in Marlborough's Waihopai Valley, which it bought at the beginning of this year for an undisclosed fee. A further 900ha of Leefield will be dedicated to farming and also a nursery.Brent Marris, chief winemaker and proprietor, said the group started planting 85ha of Sauvignon Blanc last month. It will then plant another 100ha annually for the next five years, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.The go represents a long-term bet on consumer demand for New Zealand's key varietals.'This development is significant for Marisco Vineyards as it means we will be able to successfully meet the rising international demand for both The Ned and The King’s Series [wines],' Marris said.Marisco is currently producing wine from 300ha of a total 2,265ha of viticultural land that
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