The United Kingdom, the most important market for New Zealand wine exports, has registered a fall in support for New Zealand wine, with Nielsen figures showing a 6% decline in sales of New Zealand wine in the “off” trade over the past year.
Continued demand for New Zealand wine and value growth is the story of the wine sales year according to the June year end 2013 Annual Report of New Zealand Winegrowers.
Enthusing to local media over the bumper 2013 harvest, New Zealand Winegrowers are talking up higher prices and outstanding wines from the 2013 harvest, in spite of it being the largest volume on record. An increase of 28.5% in the crop to 345,000 tonnes makes it 5% higher than the ‘disastrous’ vintage of 2011 when oversupply drove down prices and forced a boom in bulk wine exports from New Zealand.
New Zealand Winegrowers has welcomed the signing of the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). The Agreement will give New Zealand wine tariff-free access to the Taiwan market as soon as it comes into force.
An increase in the average per litre value of bulk wine exports to the UK market has helped improve the overall performance of New Zealand’s wine exports, according to the latest data from New Zealand Winegrowers. With the per litre value of UK bulk exports up 24% so far this year, overall per litre values for NZ wine exports are the highest for two years at $8.24 for the March 2013 quarter.
There’s no doubt about it, Sauvignon Blanc is special. It is the varietal that awoke the world to New Zealand wine and continues to dazzle wine critics across the world. Accounting for 84% of wine exported from New Zealand, the world seems to have an insatiable thirst for Sauvignon Blanc’s crisp acidity and unmistakable ‘zing’.
New Zealand wine and New Zealand restaurants have been in partnership to modify our culinary culture for over fifty year, but a decade of neglect by wine has driven restaurants into the arms of the newly vigorous craft brewers.
The latest New Zealand organic market research report (to be launched in Parliament today, March 6) finds that the organic food and agriculture sector has grown around 25% in the past three years – an impressive feat during a time of global recession.
The seventh Deloitte/New Zealand Winegrowers benchmarking report on the wine industry, Vintage 2012, has delivered a sobering summary to the industry and to the nation’s business leaders.
One of the best arguments against this Government’s blind faith in the Pure New Zealand marketing campaign is that it gives a nod of approval to similarly facile standards in other areas of national interest. Most obvious of these is the so-called “sustainable winegrowing” project of New Zealand Winegrowers. Not only are the wines boasting sustainable winegrowing brands not sustainably grown, the wine industry risks significantly compromising its international credibility by claiming a status that is at best misguided and at worst, deceptive.
For the second time in three years, Central Otago grown Pinot Noir has won the top trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The trophies were handed out at a ceremony in Wellington at the weekend considered by New Zealand Winegrowers as the premium wine awards event in the country and the standard by which New Zealand’s wines should be measured.
New Zealand Winegrowers has released its new statistical resource, the 2012 Vineyard Register Report, which reveals that the once tiny Otago winegrowing region is now the third largest, by vineyard area, in the country.