NZ wine harvest under way
The harvest at New Zealand vineyards is under way, and hopes are high that the good growing season will translate into an excellent vintage.
New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan said vineyards had enjoyed favourable growing conditions.
"With a continuation of the current warm, dry days and cool nights, all the indications suggest we are set for another memorable, high-quality vintage, which will be a great follow-up to the stellar 2013 harvest."
He said this year's wine export earnings were expected to exceed $1.3 billion by the end of June.
The 2013 vintage produced a record $1.27b in export earnings, up 5 per cent on the previous year.
The harvest began late last month in northern regions and will end in early May.