High hopes for Pinot from big Kiwi harvest

16 May, 2008

New Zealand Winegrowers is hailing a bumper vintage, bigger than the past two years, after a long hot summer.

Chief executive Philip Gregan said: "A lot of farmers were complaining about drought conditions, but it was not the same as Australia - a New Zealand drought as it were."

Gregan has high hopes especially for Pinot Noir from Waipara, Wairarapa and Central Otago, all of which were badly affected by frost the year before.

"We are really excited about the progress we have made in the UK market over the past two to three years, and want to make sure we do our best to ensure that it continues. The UK has been very supportive of us, and with the increased supply we want to return that support back over the next year," he said.

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