The New Zealand Trade Fair 2013 took place at Lord’s Cricket Ground yesterday.

Dozens of top-quality New Zealand wins were on show, including Cloudy Bay, Villa Maria, Esk Valley and Oyster Bay.

The focus was very much on New Zealand as a fantastic wine-growing island, with great conditions for a variety of grapes and an excellent infrastructure capable of distributing overseas.

With a fantastic setting behind us and a room full of enthusiastic wine growers, distributors and critics, the mood was jovial and relaxed. Capital Vintners‘ representatives took full advantage of the occasion and tasted some great wines.

Our highlights were:

– Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2011
– Cloudy Bay Pelorus
– Toi Toi Riesling 2011

The UK is New Zealand’s second largest export market. NZ is also the fastest growing New World country of origin for volume & value in the UK off-trade. The average retail price for NZ wine in the UK off-trade is still the highest of all countries at £6.38 per bottle (versus £5.06 for all wine).