Auckland

barossa-valleyThe Auckland region in New Zealand is very famous for its large and diverse wine region. Auckland has large influence on the country’s wine industry. The weather in most of the region remains perfect for wine grapes and hence, it is known for producing classy wines.

Henderson, Huapai and Kumeu are the traditional wine making districts in Auckland.

Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the popular variety of grapes grown in the region. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are also different variety of grapes grown in Auckland. The vineyards are spread in north region in Waiheke Island and Matakana.

Auckland has mainly shallow clay surface soils over hard silt clay sub soils. Vineyards are mostly planted in the east coast or in the western region. Waiheke Island is a premium district for producing high quality of red wine. Waiheke is known for producing fine red wine grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The region has expanded to produce other varieties like Syrah, Chardonnay and other varieties in warm climate. Matakana on the east coast is best known for producing some classy wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Giris and Syrah.

Traditionally, Auckland produces quality wine from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc but there are also other varieties emerging. Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir planted on the Kumeu River are also popular. Other places where the wine grapes can be grown are the Great Barrier Island. It is a large and remote Island in the Hauraki Gulf and also a home for the Country’s most remote and smallest vineyards. Karaka in south of Auckland is second home for New Zealand’s best red wine.

Climatically, Auckland experiences warm and frost free conditions with relatively high rainfalls. The vineyards in Auckland are mainly established on clay soils of volcano or mixed alluvial. The Auckland climate is overall suitable for growing grapes and class wines can be made.