Marlborough wine companies count losses following earthquake
Wine industry experts in Marlborough are saying the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Monday was more damaging than the last event to shake the region. The 2013 Seddon earthquake caused an estimated $100 million worth of damage to wine companies and grape growers, who are putting a brave face on the latest tremors. Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens said he had been out to inspect more than 20 wineries, and was impressed at the resilience shown by staff. “There has been damage, and it’s fair to say it’s bigger than the last event across the board, most wine companies have had some impact in terms of wine loss or tank movement,” he said.