Funding of 3.79 million NZ dollars (2.15 million dollars) for the Marlborough Research Centre to build a national wine centre was announced in 2020.
The winemaking industry continues to grow economically over time and were now one of the country’s biggest export earners, while Blenheim is where 75 per cent of New Zealand’s wine is produced.
New Zealand’s wine exports, which currently nearly 2 billion NZ dollars (1.13 billion dollars) a year.
This would only continue to grow as the new Free Trade Agreements with Britain and the EU come into force, providing even greater economic security to Kiwis, said Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash.
“The winemaking sector has a huge impact on the national and regional economy, and accounts for one in five jobs in the Marlborough region,’’ Nash said.
Nash added that the job growth for the wine industry has been projected to be 17 per cent.