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New Zealand

Renowned for its stunning scenery, clean air and clear
skies, New Zealand has made a great name for itself with
its vibrant and fruit-driven wines

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A vineyard in New Zealand

New Zealand's popular regions

Hawke's Bay
Central Otago
Hawkes Bay vineyard

New Zealand’s oldest winemaking region

Hawke's Bay is New Zealand’s oldest and second biggest winemaking region. Located on the North Island, it has a maritime climate and is one of the country’s sunniest and driest spots. As the country’s predominant producer of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, Hawke's Bay has a traditional association with red wines, however it’s responsible for some fantastic white wines too – it’s Chardonnay is considered exemplary.

Marlborough vineyard

Some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world

Located on New Zealand’s South Island, Marlborough is by far the country’s largest winemaking region, renowned for its zesty and fruity Sauvignon Blanc. It has one of the driest, sunniest climates in New Zealand, yet it’s still relatively cool. This provides favourable, long periods within which grapes can ripen, delivering unique aromas and flavours. Marlborough is also known for its Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Central Otago vineyard

Exceptional wines of distinction and intensity

Boasting lakes, rivers, gorges and mountains, Central Otago is the most southerly winegrowing region in the world and the home of New Zealand’s highest vineyards. The hot, dry summers and crisp, frosty winters have enabled growers to produce exceptional wines of distinction and intensity – especially the region’s trademark wine, Pinot Noir. Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer also grow very successfully.

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Video: New Zealand regional wine guide

Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region is the wine that put New Zealand on the map, enticing us with its fresh, lively, exuberant aromas. New Zealand is also a fine source for other grape varieties, and can be relied upon year in, year out for producing world-class styles.

The white wines are aromatic, fresh and fruity in style, namely Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc can be some of the best in the world, and the Pinot Gris has made a big hit as a great food-matching style. As for the reds, Pinot Noir is a successful grape variety, as is Merlot, producing ripe, fleshy, fruit-driven wines.

Tour New Zealand and discover the North and South Islands offerings with our region guides below.

New Zealand's wider regions

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is located in the Haruki Gulf, just off Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. The climate is strongly influenced by the sea and remains moderate throughout the year, with similar grape-growing conditions to parts of France. Waiheke Island produces world-class Cabernet Sauvignon which is sometimes blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to produce delicious, full bodied reds. The Italian Montepulciano grape is also successful here, as is the white grape variety Chardonnay.

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Gisborne is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s a warm and sunny place and one of New Zealand’s most important winemaking regions. The area is named after the city itself and most of the vineyards are planted within close proximity. Known for powerful and aromatic whites, especially Chardonnay and Gewürtztraminer, Gisborne also produces lovely Viognier, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc and sparkling wines. In terms of red wine, Merlot, Malbec and Pinotage are of note.

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Martinborough, one of New Zealand’s youngest yet most important wine districts, sits at the bottom of the North Island in the heart of Wairarapa. Martinborough wines are often described as having a Burgundian style largely due to the area’s cool climate and soil type. Despite being small in area and output, Martinborough’s wines are very well thought of, particularly the flagship grape Pinot Noir. The white varietals Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürtztraminer transform into top quality wines too, including some sparkling.

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Waipara, not to be confused with Wairarapa on the North Island, is located on the east coast of the South Island not too far from the city of Christchurch. Nestled in the Teviotdale Hills, Waipara has a reputation for being the world’s greenest wine region thanks to its commitment to environmentally sustainable winegrowing. Sunny summers and dry, cool autumns are the key to the success of Waipara’s signature wines, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Other grape varieties of the region include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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