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New Zealand is a newcomer to the global wine stage, but it’s already showing that it more than deserves its seat at the table. A consistent winner of awards, New Zealand vineyards produce bottles that reflect the crispness and freshness of the country’s air and sunshine. Unlike other big wine-producing countries, New Zealand vineyards tend to be small. There are around five hundred in total, but they by and large only produce small batches. In New Zealand, it’s quality that counts, not quantity.
Compare New Zealand’s wine history to those of other countries, and you’d be right to think that they’re the newcomers on the scene. Indeed, you were likely alive when the country began producing wine in its current form since it only dates back to the 1980s! And the international recognition came even later. It was only in the 1990s when the country’s wine began turning heads internationally.
There is evidence to suggest that wine was produced in the mid-1800s, but that would only have been on an extremely small scale.
There are thirteen wine-producing regions in New Zealand. At the top of the list, in terms of international recognition at least, is Marlborough. This part of the country is responsible for nearly 80% of New Zealand’s wine production and is home to its most famous offering, the Sauvignon Blanc. It’s particularly popular with tourists since the scenery where it’s located is out of this world.
Next on the list is Nelson, which isn’t a million miles from Marlborough. As with most regions in New Zealand, it’s the Sauvignon Blanc that you’ll find most of here, but then there’s also Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties, too.
Central Otago has a growing reputation, too, since they stray from the Sauvignon Blanc. In Central Otago, the cooler climate means that Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay rule supreme.
You’ll find plenty of classics and a few oddballs among the grape varieties grown in New Zealand. They include:
A trip to New Zealand is one of the most popular activities of choice for wine lovers. And how could things be any other way? After all, this is a place that not only produces world-class wines; they do so in an environment that takes the breath away. While you can get a taste of the goods all year round, if you’re looking to be there for harvest, then book your trip for February/March.
Are you looking for a taste of what New Zealand has to offer? Why not try one of the following.
When it doubt, stick to the Sauvignon Blanc, but if there’s doubt, then try them all! Head over to our online shop of New Zealand wines and we are sure you will find something you like.
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