Introduction to New Zealand wine

wine-in-new-zealandNew Zealand has long been famous for its premium quality wines. The wine production in the region is highly influenced by climate, soil and water. Vineyards in New Zealand experience oceanic climate which provide perfect environment for grapes. At present, New Zealand has major vineyards widespread across the region. Northland was the first region to grow wine grapes in 1980.

Vineyards in this region are built on high level and sloping land and warm climate helps in producing extreme popular varieties of wine grapes. World’s exclusive wines made from wine grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are produced in Northland.

New Zealand’s oldest and second largest vinery area is Hawkes Bay. This region has wide spread varieties of soil ranging from silt loams to draining sand. Hawkes Bay produces one of the finest flavored Chardonnay wines in the world. The warm climate and long hours of sunshine are favorable for red grapes. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are some of the other popular variety of grapes grown in the region.

Gisborne is a leading grower of wine grapes and is also referred to as ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’. Sunshine and shelter of the mountains make it favorable for growing Chardonnay in this region.

Auckland is ranked amongst the most popular and traditional wine making regions in New Zealand. It is best known for its Bordeaux style wine. Popular grapes planted here include Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Most popular variety of grapes in Wairarapa is the Pinot Noir. Due to focused attention of grape growers in the region, Pinot Noir has become one of the best quality grapes for wine. Though, scale of wine production is less compared to other regions, it contributes to the reputation of New Zealand wines.

Marlborough Vineyards enjoys hot days and cool evening’s making it favorable for producing fruit flavor wines. Moreover, grape varieties grown here include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. This region has gained great reputation from wine lovers for its brand ‘Sauvignon’. It is growing to become the largest and best wine growing area in New Zealand. Marlborough produces sparkling wine along with red wines and white wines.

The southernmost region across the world that produces wine is Central Otago. Region experiences most severe continental climate and is famous for growing Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Central Otago is best known for its wine and panoramic view of vineyards.

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