New Zealand: Industry organization

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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The industry is dominated by pernod ricard nz whose leading brand is brancott estate; the Villa Maria/Vidals/Esk Valley group; the Nobilo Group, which is part of accolade; Matua, which is part of treasury wine estates; and Oyster Bay. The large wineries rely on fruit bought in from the country’s grape-growers although many supplement their own grapes with grapes grown under contract.

As in other New World wine-producing countries such as argentina and australia, many wineries have traditionally been located far from vineyards, and the development of South Island wine regions, separated from many winery headquarters by the treacherous Cook Strait, has only exacerbated this phenomenon in New Zealand. Increasing attention to field crushing facilities, and the construction of wineries, or at least pressing stations, closer to the vineyards, was a notable development during the 1990s.