Greenhouse Boom

New Zealand vineyards are benefiting from a warming planet, prompting traditionally cooler areas of the country to cultivate grapes and a bright forecast for export growth. Pinot noirs from the South Island region of Otago are fast making a name across the world. Chief Executive of New Zealand Winegrowers Philip Gregan says the big picture for New Zealand wines is very good. “We may be able to expand our range of wine styles or we may be able to grow grapes further up the hillsides,” Gregan said. “Our forecast for a 2008 vintage of between 225,000 and 245,000 tonnes, up from 205,000 tonnes last year, is in line with our long-term expectations.”

Tags: NZ Wine Industry  Philip Gregan  Telegraph (The)