New Zealand may have only been recently considered to be producing quality wines, it is true however that vineyards in the country are up to 150 years old. The wine industry started by an influx of industrious, wine-loving Croatian immigrants who arrived in the late 1800’s. Sauvignon Blanc was the first grape that garnered success and now many people consider New Zealand to produce the top expression of this grape.
It’s not all Sauv Blanc in NZ, Pinot Noir thrives in Central Otago (which is also the southern-most wine region in the world). Overall a cool climate suits the grape varieties grown here.
Grapes & Regions
Chardonnay (Gisborne, Marlborough)
Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)
Cabernet Sauvignon (Hawkes Bay)
Merlot (Hawkes Bay)
Pinot Noir (Martinborough, Central Otago, Marlborough)