- Gisborne Chardonnay achieved a gross margin of $10 020 per hectare which was $2030 higher than Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay gross margin. This was achieved despite lower prices than in Hawke’s Bay through higher yields and significantly lower labour costs.
- Sauvignon Blanc had the best gross margin of the three varieties achieving a gross margin of $13 455 per hectare. This was followed by Merlot, which had the highest gross margin previously in 2015, with a gross margin of $10 090 per hectare and Chardonnay which achieved $7990 per hectare.
- Wairarapa Pinot Noir achieved a gross margin of $4450 per hectare, which was $10 790 lower than Marlborough Pinot Noir gross margin in 2016. This was due to 36 percent lower yields and 50 percent higher labour costs.
- Average yields for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc were up by 39 percent compared to 20151. While Pinot Noir
was 60 percent higher than the 2015 gross margin survey group.