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10/03/2015

Record wine exports mark the start of vintage 2015

New Zealand wine exports hit a record high last year, rising 8.2 per cent to $1.37 billion, making wine the country's sixth biggest export good.

The news comes as New Zealand’s 2015 grape harvest kicks off, with prospects looking good so far – although significantly smaller than the 2014 crop, according to Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers CEO.

“Prospects for a high quality vintage are looking very positive due to the superb summer weather," Gregan said. “The warm dry summer of 2015 has been absolutely perfect for growing and ripening grapes. As we move into autumn the prospect is for an outstanding, albeit smaller, vintage in all our grape-growing regions”.

This strong demand in key markets bodes well for the wine industry, said Gregan, who believes the sales in the year ahead will be supported by retained stocks from vintage 2014.

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