Wheels , do you want me to send a few bottles back ; )
I wouldn't be at all surprised if it were cheaper, you sending them back, than me buying
Marlborough (that's were I live) is easily the largest wine producer in NZ. There is now 22500 hectares of land in vinyard and a further 10,000 hectares being planted this year. I suppose all that is small on some country standards, but it is stagering figures here in NZ. Marlborough is one out of four major wine producing area's in NZ now, with many more smaller ones scattered around the country.
I was talking to a guy that has a post driving business and he is booked solid for the next 1.5 yrs with 400,000 posts to drive in. He is just one of 5 contractors doing that.
The down side to all that is, we have land prices that have gone through the sky, let alone roof. NZ$3mill was paid for a hectare of land last year. Housing has become simply unaffordable. We are up there with Auckland
now and NZ is now considered the most expensive place to buy a house in the world, so the news announced two days ago. We have huge amounts of water
being sucked out of that ground for irrigation. On average, 9ltrs of water
per vine/day and there are 2500 vines per hectare. The biggest issue of all is spraying what ever it is that is sprayed onto the vines over their growing period. We all wonder just how much of that we end up breathing and just what it is that we are breathing. Just a couple years back, somebody came up with a question, if the land is full of these treated posts, how much Arsenic and other dangerouse stuff is leaching from the posts into the ground. Good question and I don't think anyone wanted to answer that question. Although some vinyards have "supposedly" tested their wines and said no chemicals were found it it. Does make you think though.