25 Feb 2010

Smaller grape harvest expected

5:58 am on 25 February 2010

New Zealand Winegrowers is forecasting a slightly smaller grape harvest this year. The 2010 harvest has just started in northern regions.

Based on a pre-vintage survey, the national wine industry body expects between 265,000 - 285,000 tonnes of grapes to be picked this year - marginally less than the vintages for the past two years, despite a further 2000 hectares of vines coming into production.

Chief executive Philip Gregan says the smaller harvest was expected, as a result of industry efforts to focus on quality rather than quantity and not over-produce in the current market conditions.