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Vines by Lake Wanaka, on New Zealand's South Island

New Zealand's wine industry celebrates its 200th anniversary

By Rachel Arthur

On September 25, 1819, Reverend Samuel Marsden planted the first vines in New Zealand. ‘New Zealand promises to be very favourable to the vine… should it succeed, it will prove of vast important in this part of the globe’, he prophesied. With the industry...

New Zealand's Marlborough region. Pic:getty/cosmity

‘Small but stunning’: New Zealand Vintage 2019

By Rachel Arthur

A warm summer has led to a ‘superb vintage’ for New Zealand’s wine industry, according to New Zealand Winegrowers, although it also marks the third year of smaller-than-expected harvests.

New Zealand wine is destined for more than 90 countries. Pic:getty/gustavofrazo

NZ wine exports up for the 23rd year running

By Rachel Arthur

New Zealand’s wine industry has recorded its 23rd consecutive year of export growth, with exports now valued at $1.7bn NZD ($1.13bn USD). Meanwhile, wine tourism is playing an increasingly important role in promoting the nation's wines.

New Zealand places great importance on protecting its native ecosystem: biosecurity is about keeping unwanted organisms out. Pic:iStock/domenolomo

New Zealand wine industry signs biosecurity partnership

By Rachel Arthur

New Zealand’s wine industry has signed the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response: an agreement that looks at pests and diseases and sets out actions to minimize risks. 

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