Your Guide to New Zealand’s Best Wineries

Your Guide to New Zealand’s Best Wineries

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With long hours of sunshine and nights cooled by sea breezes, it’s no surprise that New Zealand’s thriving wine industry has put it on the map.

Whatever pleases your palette, the country is home to 10 major wine regions scattered across the North and South Island, opening a world of discovery with each glass.

From the northern tip to the southern-most region, this is the ultimate guide to New Zealand’s wine trail.

Northern Drops

Northland: The family owned boutique vineyard at Paroa Bay Winery uses traditional techniques to create distinctive handcrafted wines, with their Chardonnay among the best on offer.

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Auckland: Driven by the mantra that ‘life is too short to drink boring wine’, Ascension Wine Estate attracts wine enthusiasts from across the globe for their Riesling and Viognier varieties.

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Bay of Plenty: Framing the edge of the stunning Lake Taupo, Floating Rock Winery produces an exclusive range of sustainable wines from Pinot Gris to Pinot Noir.

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Gisborne: Not only the first wine region in the world to greet the new day’s sun, Ashwood Estate embraces the romantic tradition of wine making which has seen their Chardonnay and Pinot Gris awarded top honours.

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Hawkes Bay: Calling the country’s second largest wine region home, Osawa Wines have produced 11 varieties, with their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay the most renowned.

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Wairarapa: Palliser Estate has been producing quality drops in the Wairarapa region since 1989 and their iconic sparkling Methode Traditionnelle is made up of a 51/49 percent blend of their award winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Southern Selections

Nelson: Set on 30 acres, Five Oaks Estate has become renowned as artists of stylish wine. Their plantings of Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are among the most sought after by wine lovers across the country.

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Marlborough: Home to more than 70% of New Zealand’s wine, Marlborough is wine making country at its finest. Greywacke play on the Sauvignon Blanc that puts the country on the wine map and add their own twist, the ‘wild sauvignon’, using wild yeast with thyme and toasted sesame flavours.

Yarrum Vineyard, Brancott Valley - Home of Greywacke Pinot NoirYarrum Vineyard, Brancott Valley – Home of Greywacke Pinot Noir. Image Source: Greywacke

Canterbury: Overlooking Kaikoura’s ice-caped peaks, Cheviot Vineyard handpick their grapes to carefully craft their boutique wines. Their iconic Riesling shows ripe lime citrus flavours, contrasted with fresh granny smith apple and is an absolute winner for lovers of white wine.

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Central Otago: The southern-most point of New Zealand’s wine country, Rippon uses a unique organic process to produce their wine. Rejecting chemicals in favour of holistic wine making methods, they produce some of the best Pinot Noir on offer along with a bright Riesling.

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