New Zealand wine exports hit record in 2014

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New Zealand’s wine exports hit a new high last year, rising 8.2 percent to NZ$1.37bn, according to the country’s wine marketing body.

New Zealand Winegrowers said wine became the country’s sixth largest export commodity last year, albeit subdue lagging traditional product sectors such as dairy products and meat.The news comes as New Zealand’s 2015 grape harvest gets below way, with prospects so far looking excellent in quality terms – although it is set to be ‘much smaller’ than the confirmation 2014 crop.New Zealand Winegrowers' CEO, Philip Gregan, said ‘superb’ summer weather had enhanced the chances of a top quality harvest in 2015.‘The warm, dry summer of 2015 has been absolutely perfect for growing and ripening grapes,’ he added.‘As we go into autumn, the prospect is for an outstanding, albeit smaller, vintage in all our grape-growing regions.’Crop levels are liable to be well down on 2014’s confirmation harvest, when some 445,000 tonnes of grapes were picked, up 29% on the year previous to.But, Gregan said sales in the year ahead would be supported by retained stocks from last year’s bumper vintage.New Zealand’s wine exports have more than doubled in number terms since 2008, with export value rising by more than 60% over the same timescale.Australia, the US and the UK dominate export demand for the country’s wines – and for Sauvignon Blanc in particular – but markets such as the Netherlands and Germany have also grown strongly in the past few years. See also:New Zealand: a Pinot Noir paradise Marlborough to be 'fully planted in 5 to 10 years', says NZ wine chiefBob Campbell’s top 20 New Zealand Pinot Noirs

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