13 May 2010

Another tough year for grape growers

10:04 am on 13 May 2010

The national wine industry body says the this year's grape vintage appears to be smaller than anticipated and prices have dropped for the second consecutive year.

New Zealand Winegrowers' president Stuart Smith says the vintage is still being assessed, but looks to be a small harvest of about 265,000 tonnes.

Stuart Smith says while that's good news in an over-supplied world market, it is tough on grape growers who are already being squeezed on price.

He says falling returns have also meant that vineyards on the real estate market are not selling, and asking prices have dropped significantly.