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May 30, 2022 View:

Foreign workers turned away after outbreak New Zealand wine industry's head is spinning

Marlborough winemakers attended a meeting this week for an intense discussion on how they should prepare for the next post-harvest production. More than 1,200 international workers travel to the Marlborough region each year to make wine, contributing to an export industry worth N$1.9 billion. But because of the epidemic, there is an upcoming harvest season, but no key workers.

They need highly skilled people, says WineMarlborough managing director Marcus Pickens. The winemakers are very concerned about the future: we need these people to make wines for the export market and without them we will not see a way forward.

The impact of the epidemic is not just a drop in consumption, but also a shortage of labor.