New Zealand Wine
New Zealand has been a relative latecomer to the global winemaking scene and in a very short time has forged an enviable reputation for premium wines that can compete with their peers from around the world.
Whilst grape growing in New Zealand harks back to colonial days, factors such as the temperance movement and a prohibition phase, alongside New Zealand immigrants’ predilection for beer and spirits, limited the adoption of wine until Kiwis (the local residents) began to travel abroad in large numbers during the late 60’s and early 70’s.
At this time, Montana (now Brancott Estate) planted in Marlborough, paving the way for this region to become the leading producer of our world-renown Sauvignon Blanc. In the last thirty years, vineyards have taken over the Marlborough landscape and new wine regions have opened up across the North and South Islands.
New Zealand is home to what many critics consider the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc but many other varieties are successfully grown. Ultra-premium Pinot Noir is produced in Martinborough in the South Wairarapa and in pockets of Central Otago. Bordeaux-style blends are crafted in the Hawkes Bay and one of the world’s great Gewurztraminers comes from Gisborne. Some of New Zealand’s more popular wine regions are highlighted in the following section.
The maritime climate, soils and toil of our wine pioneers has fused together to create very special wines that you will taste on your journey through New Zealand, leaving you with lifelong memories and a desire to share your uniquely New Zealand’s experiences.