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Vintage 2024: Wairarapa

Written by  Staff Reporters
Wilco Lam, Chair of Wairarapa Wine Region. Wilco Lam, Chair of Wairarapa Wine Region.

The 2024 vintage could be one of Wairarapa's greatest yet, says Foley Wines winemaker John Kavanagh, who heads the winery team at Te Kairanga.

"The very dry sumer with great heat and cool nights have given us excellent potential to make wines with great structure this year. I have high hopes."

After a series of wet seasons, the lead up to vintage has been a dream for winemakers, says Wilco Lam, Chair of Wairarapa Wine Region.

"The excitement for the 2024 vintage is felt by everyone in the region after a super warm summer with really hot days and cool nights coming along at just the right time. It is a relief after a few tough years to have a beautfiul year with very good quality grapes hanging in the vineyard."

Harvest came slightly early, with volumes expected to be 15% to 20% down on long term average, thanks to cooler temperatures at flowering.

Wilco says cool nights in late February ensured grapes retained freshness, but "pronounced northwest winds" may lead to thicker skinned grapes.

"This is an opportunity as well as a challenge to be managed in the winery."

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