Two New Zealand wineries are launching wines in the UK to capitalise on the growing trends for lighter styles and the higher prices the country's wines can command here.

Gladstone Vineyard is bringing out 12,000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, grown in the producer's Wairarapa vineyards and named after the 12,000 mile journey from vineyard owner Christine Kernohan's Scottish birthplace to her adopted New Zealand home. "As one of a handful of Scottish winemakers in the world, this label tells my story," she said.

Meanwhile, Cloudy Bay brand is introducing its 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, a wine style that, like other light aromatic whites, is growing in popularity in the UK. "We are obsessive about Sauvignon Blanc viticulture - split canopy trellising, leaf plucking and soil moisture management have all helped us to refine our style," said chief winemaker Kevin Judd.

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