With the favourable growing season leading to 2014 harvest New Zealand is set to beat last year’s 345,000 tonne harvest which will suit the growing export demand. The New Zealand Wine Growers Association President, Steve Green has said that the 2014 harvest would depend on the weather but there is every reason to believe that they will enjoy yet another record harvest. @012 was relatively small resulting in poor exports. 2013 saw a 28% increase and it is hoped 2014 will further boost the export figures.
Elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere Chile has been hampered by drought and severe frosts which has led to a much reduced crop. Australia is experiencing heat wave conditions which might reduce their crop size while South Africa is also looking at a slightly reduced harvest.