Wine in New Zealand is
unadulterated discovery. Since the country of New
Zealand is unlike any other in the world, their wine
is also quite unique.
The special amalgamation of
climate, soil, water, and the innovative adventurous
spirit of New Zealanders on top of their signature
commitment to quality all combine to bring forth
intense, pure, and varied experiences.
serving of wine from New Zealand is an opportunity
to discover the country’s character.
Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand was accorded acclaim
internationally as the ultimate standard for this varietal
The mounting appreciation for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay,
Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wines, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Riesling, and Merlot blends from New Zealand has aided to
further strengthen the position of New Zealand as a
manufacturer of world class vintage.
Since New Zealand is a nation of
contrasts with thick, indigenous forest, snow-capped
peaks and fantastic coastline, it is no wonder then
that wine manufacture here is done in varied styles.
Amid regions for wine growing across the parallels
of latitude of thirty-six to forty-five degrees and
encompassing the distance end to end of a thousand
miles, grapes are developed in an enormous
assortment of soil types and climates, developing a
varied collection of styles. The equivalent on the
northern hemisphere would span from Bordeaux all the
way down to the south of Spain.
The temperate seaside climate of New Zealand has
strongly influenced the nation's principally coastal
vineries. Strong sunlight warms the vines during the
day and are cooled by the fresh sea breezes at
The lengthy, leisurely ripening time aids in keeping
the vibrant flavors of the varietal which make wine
from New Zealand so unique.
Cuisine in New Zealand gets inspiration from the old
world kitchens of Italy and France, including the
exotic concoctions of the Pacific Rim and Asia.
This is why wine styles in New Zealand have
developed to compliment this broad menu.
There are zesty and bright wines such as Riesling
and Sauvignon Blanc for clean and faintly spiced
fare, while intricate, smooth Pinot Noir,
Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon blends
give complement the ageless concoctions of the Old
The tiny population, remote location, and farming
economy of New Zealand have garnered the nation’s
image as 'clean and green'. Often described by
visitors as 'an unspoiled paradise', it is the grape
growers and winemakers goal to keep things as they
are in the country.
Ground-breaking practices in the winery and vineyard which
produce quality in an environmental and sustainable manner,
assure the rest of then world that New Zealand fulfills an
increasing demand for wines that have been manufactured in a
manner which is 'clean and green'.
There are 10 main regions for wine growing in New Zealand,
every one exhibiting a great variety in terrain and climate.
Diversity in climate may be shown by the difference in the
date for harvesting of Chardonnay. In the more humid and
warmer climate of the Northland’s northern regions, Gisborne,
and Auckland, Chardonnay may start to be reaped in the
latter part of February or the beginning of March.