Sustainibility Leader

Geographically, New Zealand is one of the most interesting and diverse countries on our planet, with 2 distinct islands that offer an incredible array of landscape and climatic conditions. Leading the way in sustainability is what really sets New Zealand apart, and we just love the speed at which the wine industry here is evolving.

Just 1% of the world’s wine is produced in New Zealand but it’s international presence and reputation ensures that this beautiful country is at the forefront of all wine lovers’ thoughts. It is an extremely complex landscape with distinct variations between the North and South islands, where not only soil type changes in a heartbeat, but winemaking and viticulture techniques vary from region to region, and micro-climates also play their part in wine style.

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International acclaimed

Wine production in New Zealand can be tracked back to the founding of the nation in the 1800’s, but it was the introduction of Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc that saw this country explode onto the international scene.

Whilst Marlborough has established itself as one of the foremost wine producing regions, the quality of wine seen elsewhere in New Zealand continues to gain international acclaim. Although its average price tag is no doubt a reflection of its desirability, the unwavering commitment to quality over quantity is helping New Zealand forge a reputation as a premium producer.

There are ten main wine growing regions in New Zealand, all waiting for you to explore. No region is more than 130km (80 miles) from the sea and the proximity of vineyards to the ocean has a pronounced effect on the character of New Zealand wines. Mild, sunny summers and marked differences between day and night temperatures in many regions slow the ripening of the grapes and allow them to develop pure, intense varietal flavours. This is the foundation of New Zealand wines’ elegance and power, and helps explain their famed balance, structure and food friendliness.

Key regions to explore include:

North Island

Principle Sub Regions - Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa.

Key Varietals - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc.

South Island

Principle Sub Regions - Marlborough, Nelson, North Canterbury, Waitaki Valley, North Otago, Central Otago.

Key Varietals - Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer.