Weather hit a number of New Zealand’s wine growing regions at various times throughout the growing season, cutting the harvesting volumes for grapes.
"The weak harvest for Marlborough made a significant contribution to the fall in national production.”
While the overall harvest is estimated to be down just 1 per cent on 2018, based on data collected by NZ Wine Growers, with more vines reaching productive age, the harvest had the potential to be higher.
Marlborough was impacted by very dry conditions leading up to harvest with growers struggling to provide enough water to vines during the hot summer months with high levels of evaporation. Moreover, water restrictions meant some growers simply didn’t have access to sufficient water.
The result was 2 per cent less grapes harvested in Marlborough compared with the previous season. For some growers the impact was significantly worse than the regional average.
Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine-producing region, accounting for approximately 75 per cent of the wine produced, so the weak harvest for Marlborough made a significant contribution to the fall in national production.
Despite the poor harvest, the quantity of Sauvignon Blanc produced in Marlborough this year is estimated to be 1 per cent higher, while national production of this iconic variety lifted 2 per cent.