WELLINGTON, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand is looking to a promising future of its winemaking industry as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has officially opened New Zealand Wine Center on Thursday in Blenheim.
Funding of 3.79 million NZ dollars (2.15 million U.S. dollars) for the Marlborough Research Center to build a national wine center was announced in 2020.
The winemaking industry continues to grow economically over time and are now one of the country's biggest export earners, while Blenheim is where 75 percent of New Zealand's wine is produced.
New Zealand's wine exports, which currently nearly 2 billion NZ dollars (1.13 billion U.S. dollars) a year, will only continue to grow as the new Free Trade Agreements with Britain and the European Union 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, adding the job growth for the wine industry has been projected to be 17 percent.