Marl­bor­ough’s wine land to ex­pand

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - ME­LANIE CAR­ROLL

Marl­bor­ough, New Zealand’s largest wine re­gion, is plan­ning to in­crease by the size of the Hawke’s Bay wine re­gion, and then some, over the next two years.

The re­gion’s 24,000ha of vine­yard is ex­pected to be boosted by a fur­ther 6800 hectares by 2019/20.

Na­tion­wide, Sta­tis­tics New Zealand data shows land area planted with wine grapes has dipped in the past five years, but is still more than a decade ago.

Data shows about 33,981 hectares of vines were grow­ing last year, a slight de­crease from 34,560 in 2012.

New Zealand has over 2000 vine­yards. About 29,000ha of vine­yards are planted for white wine, and about 8000ha for red wine.

Hawke’s Bay, the sec­ond largest wine pro­duc­ing re­gion in New Zealand, has a vine­yard area of 4744ha.

New Zealand wine is ex­ported to more than 90 coun­tries, and is New Zealand’s fifth largest ex­port prod­uct.

Wine ex­ports reached a record high of $1.66 bil­lion last year and the in­dus­try is look­ing to reach $2b by 2020, the NZ wine­grow­ers as­so­ci­a­tion says.

The US is the world’s largest and most com­pet­i­tive wine mar­ket. It be­came New Zealand’s largest ex­port mar­ket in 2015, over­tak­ing the UK and Aus­tralia.

For the sec­ond year in a row, with sales of $579 mil­lion, New Zealand has been ranked the third big­gest wine im­porter by value to the US, be­hind Italy ($2.6 bil­lion) and France ($2.47b).

The dif­fer­ence be­tween New Zealand and Aus­tralia in the US mar­ket is stark - New Zealand ex­ports 7.7 mil­lion cases of wine to the United States com­pared with Aus­tralia’s 20.6 mil­lion, but the value of the Kiwi wines is greater com­pared with Aust-

ralia’s $558m.

RICKY WIL­SON/STUFF

Sta­tis­tics New Zealand data shows about 33,981 hectares of vines had been planted last year, a slight de­crease from 34,560 in 2012.

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