This week’s earthquakes were widely felt throughout both the South and North Islands. Marlborough and North Canterbury vineyards and wineries were affected with some reports of broken bottles and damaged tanks which is what you would expect in an earthquake of this size.
New Zealand Winegrowers’ proposal to establish a new wine industry research institute in Marlborough is being backed by Government. Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has confirmed today that the wine research institute is part of an initiative by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to support innovation in the regions.
$6 million has been secured to fund the research and development of a new tool to assist New Zealand’s wine industry with better grape yield forecasting. Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce recently announced that the initiative will be funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) 2016 Endeavour Fund.