Photographer's Note

For the first half of the 20th Century, economic, legislative and cultural factors had made wine a marginal activity, in terms of economic importance and domestic consumption. The majority of land use in New Zealand was at the time (and largely still is) animal agriculture, and the exports of dairy, meat and wool dominated the economy. The prohibition and temperance movements had reduced the appreciation of wine with the New Zealand public, who were predominantly British immigrants who favoured beer and spirits, and the Great Depression of the 1930s did the fledgling wine industry no favours.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, these factors that held back the development of the industry simultaneously underwent subtle but historic changes. In 1973, Britain entered the European Economic Community, which required the ending of historic trade terms for New Zealand meat and dairy products. This led ultimately to a dramatic restructuring of the agricultural economy. Before this restructuring was fully implemented, diversification away from traditional "primary" products—dairy, meat and wool—to products with potentially higher economic returns was explored. Vines, which produce best in low moisture and low soil fertility environments, were seen as suitable for areas that had previously been marginal pasture. The end of the 1960s saw the end of the New Zealand institution of the "six o'clock swill", where pubs were open for only an hour after the end of the working day and closed all Sunday. In 2017 New Zealand produced 285 million litres from 37,129 hectares of vineyard area, about three-quarters of which is dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc. Nearly 90% of total production is exported, chiefly to the United States, Britain and Australia.

I do not know if the wine is good, I didn't taste. But I liked the big vineyards. But I wonder who works there?
As you can guess. the photos made from the bus going from Picton to Punakaiki.

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