Wine exports fall in February and headwinds remain

Wine exports fall in February and headwinds remain
The new harvest is underway (Image: New Zealand Winegrowers Inc)
Rebecca Howard
Wine exports are down due to last season’s small vintage and while the sector is hoping for a better crop this year, shipping and labour issues are a major concern.Wine exports fell 16.6% in February to $125 million from the same month a year earlier, Stats NZ said. They were $1.91 billion in the 12 months to the end of February, down 3.9% on the same period a year earlier.  Wine is New Zealand’s seventh-largest annual export.“We had a much smaller vintage in 2021 and that is now starting to show up in the data,” sa...

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