New Zealand Wine: Speaking of International Trade …

Lynne Kiesling

… as Tyler Cowen was yesterday, today we hear news that in the year ended June 30, New Zealand’s wine exports hit a record high. The grape harvest grew 11 percent and the value of wine exports grew 18 percent. NZ winemakers expect this trend to continue. Also interesting is the shift in the composition of the sales, with pinot noir now in second place behind sauvignon blanc, outpacing chardonnay for the first time.


4 thoughts on “New Zealand Wine: Speaking of International Trade …

  1. Wow, chardonnay just now surpassing pinot noir from NZ? I don’t recall the last time I had a chardonnay from NZ, but am a big fan of both the sauvignon blanc and pinot.

  2. Other way around; this is the first time that pinot noir is surpassing chardonnay. I haven’t had any NZ pinot, have had some chardonnay (I’m not a chard fan, though), but love the NZ SBs.

  3. Other way around; this is the first time that pinot noir is surpassing chardonnay. I haven’t had any NZ pinot, have had some chardonnay (I’m not a chard fan, though), but love the NZ SBs.

  4. Duh, that’s what I meant: PN > CH. My generic advice for NZ pinot noir is pretty much the same as for the SB’s: start with Marlborough. You may find better wines elsewhere but you are unlikely to go bad.

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