New Zealand 2018 vintage volume up on last year

Merlot and pinot noir (pictured) were the winners with an increase on last year of 38% and 22% respectively. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A warm start to the season and a wet finish in most regions reduced expected crop levels. Grape tonnage was up 6% on last year but ranks as only the third largest vintage to date and at 419,000 tonnes is well behind the record 445,000 tonnes set in 2014.Grape tonnage was up 6% on last year but ranks as only the third largest vintage to date.

Merlot and pinot noir were the winners with an increase on last year of 38% and 22% respectively. Sauvignon blanc finished 4% up on last year and represented 73.3% of the national grape harvest.

Top five grape varieties harvested in 2018 (share of the harvest)

1 Sauvignon Blanc 73.3%
2 Pinot Noir 8.7%
3 Chardonnay 6.5%
4 Pinot Gris 5.6%
5 Merlot 2.6%

Central Otago and North Canterbury both recorded the highest gain on last year with an increase of 36%. Gisborne (down 20%) and Auckland (down 16%) recorded the biggest falls compared to last year.

Top five wine regions (share of the harvest)

1 Marlborough 77.4%
2 Hawke’s Bay 10.2%
3 Gisborne 3.2%
4 Central Otago 2.8%
5 North Canterbury 2. 6%

One thought on “New Zealand 2018 vintage volume up on last year”

  1. John says:

    Bob, I know it’s late in the week and I’m getting slower, however wonder if you could please clarify the percentages in “Top five grape varieties harvested in 2018 (share of the harvest)”. e.g. I am surprised that Sav Blanc only has 3% of the harvest and am left wondering what 73% of the harvest is?

    And “Top five wine regions (share of the harvest)”. I am a bit confused that Marlborough has only 4% of the harvest, and am left wondering where the other 76% of the NZ harvest came from.

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