2017 vintage down on last year
Official figures on the latest vintage reveal that it dropped by 9% on the previous year. Comparing performance with the previous year can be a little misleading. When results for the past six years are expressed in tonnes of grapes per hectare the 2017 harvest volume is in the middle of the bunch and might be even a little higher when the actual 2017 hectare figure is known.
|Tonnes of grapes||hectares||Tonnes per hectare|
I have made a conservative estimate of hectares in 2017
Northland was 31% higher than the previous year, but the country’s tiniest wine region had little influence on the total. Marlborough, the wine industry’s engine room, contributed a massive 79% share of the total tonnage but dropped 6% on last year. Waipara was down on the previous year by around one-third.
Riesling suffered the largest fall in tonnage compared to the previous year with a drop of 35%. The other major varieties are shown below.
|Tonnes in 2017||Change on last year|