15 Jun 2012

2012 grape harvest down substantially

1:41 pm on 15 June 2012

New Zealand Winegrowers says the 2012 grape harvest was down 59,000 tonnes, or 18% on last year's record production.

Chief executive Philip Gregan says the major reason was cooler than average spring and summer weather in most growing regions.

He says 95% of the reduction in grape tonnage was in Marlborough where production was down by 56,000 tonnes.

Given the growth of export sales of wine in the past two years, Mr Gregan says the reduced quantity of wine produced this year will introduce a new tension in the supply and demand balance.