Marlborough wine research institute shortlisted to be Regional Research Institute

Kaikoura news
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The New Zealand Institute of Viticulture and Oenology, a Marlborough based institute has been shortlisted to be established as a new Regional Research Institute.

“It’s encouraging to see the great research work in Marlborough being acknowledged on the national stage,” says local MP Stuart Smith.

The Institute, which is led by the New Zealand Winegrowers, conducts research to support the growth and continuing success of the New Zealand wine industry.

“These Regional Research Institutes are to be new research centres that help build research and development intensity and lift innovation in key regional industries.

“The Marlborough economy has unique resources and strengths. The region is the country’s largest winegrowing area and is at the forefront of New Zealand’s wine industry growth, producing 77 per cent of the country’s wine, with over 168 wine producers and more than 568 independent growers.

“This is a chance for the region to take advantage of the expertise by being a centre for R&D and innovation in this industry.

“For New Zealand to achieve its economic potential, we need all our regions to thrive. Regional growth is a priority for the Government and this initiative supports the Business Growth Agenda and its goal to increase business R&D expenditure to 1 per cent of GDP,” says Mr Smith.