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New Zealand's top red export to take centre stage at annual tasting

Published:  05 December, 2016

New Zealand's most famous red grape will be at the forefront of this year's New Zealand annual trade tasting in January.

According to New Zealand Winegrowers, Pinot Noir exports to the UK are up 10% showing an increased appetite and opportunity for this variety in this market (export report, October MAT).

"As New Zealand Pinot Noir grows in value and popularity in this market, it is timely to put special emphasis on the variety this year, especially with the Pinot Noir NZ 2017 event taking place in Wellington at the end of January," Chris Stroud, European marketing manager for New Zealand Winegrowers, said.

The event will be one of the first major tastings of the year, and will showcase the best of what the country has to offer as its wine industry continues to grow.

New Zealand wine exports reached a new record high of $1.54 billion for the 2015 year, up 14% on 2014 according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

The country's wine is exported to more than 90 countries, and is New Zealand's 6th largest export good.

Peter McCombie MW will be hosting A New Zealand Pinot Noir Roadtrip masterclass to showcase the regional and stylistic differences of the grape which will sit alongside a self-pour table of 16 Pinot Noirs from across six regions.

Visitors wanting to attend the master class should register their interest on the day at reception as there is no advance booking.

Other highlights include an Aromatic wines self-pour discovery table where guests will be able to other New Zealand staples: Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and a Hawke's Bay Chardonnay masterclass.

"With approximately 500 wines from more than 90 producers we have a fantastic selection of well-known names as well as wineries seeking to enter the market for the first time," Stroud added.

The annual trade tasting takes place on Monday, January 16, at Lindley Hall, London.