7 Sep 2008

Canadian firm buys part of Martinborough vineyard

5:59 pm on 7 September 2008

The wine industry says the growing international popularity of New Zealand pinot noir is behind the part sale of a Wairarapa vineyard to a Canadian firm.

Pond Paddock Vineyard, in Martinborough, has sold a four hectare block of high-end pinot noir grapes to Cobblestone Vineyards.

The Canadian company plans to make 500 cases of the wine every year.

New Zealand Winegrowers says New Zealand pinot noir has become more popular overseas in the last five years.

It says the land sale is about the international success of the New Zealand wine industry and people wanting to be part of that success.