New Zealand’s scenic beauty and gourmet food experiences are perfectly matched by the deliciously complex flavors of our internationally-acclaimed wines.
The region’s long growing season and cool maritime or sub-alpine climates provide ideal conditions for grape growing. New Zealand sauvignon blanc has won many international awards in recent years. Our chardonnay and red wines, such as pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon/merlot blends, are also receiving recognition around the world.
New Zealand’s major grape growing areas are in the sunny, eastern regions of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay; Marlborough in the north-east of the South Island; and the sub-alpine valleys of Queenstown and Central Otago. Other important areas are Auckland, Martinborough, Nelson and Canterbury.
Most wineries are within easy reach of a town or city, and many have restaurants and attractive gardens. Guided wine tours are readily available. Casual visitors can enjoy informative tasting sessions and make purchases directly from the vineyards.