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Earthquake shakes Gisborne wine region

New Zealand's largest wine producer has sustained losses as a result of yesterday's earthquake.

The quake, measuring 6.8, struck just before 9pm local time and was centred beneath the sea around 50 kilometres south-east of the central north island coastal city of Gisborne.

Pernod Ricard formerly Montana Wines, has three wineries in the industrial area of Gisborne.

Managing director Fabian Partigliani says there have been some wine losses; the company has 450 stainless steel tanks filled with wine.

He says it's too early to estimate the extent of the damage; but at this stage the vineyards seem to be unaffected.

Partigliani says a team is working its way through each of the three wineries checking on damage to tanks, but also making sure each site is secure.



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