New Zealand was a latecomer to making wines but has more than made up for it. Today, New Zealand wines receive international acclaim and New Zealand winemakers work all around the world.
Our wines are what are known as ‘cool climate’ wines where the long growing season produces subtleties and nuances in the flavours. The most notable example of a cool-climate wine is the unique style of Marlborough sauvignon blanc which has numerous international awards. Other varieties receiving international recognition are chardonnay and, increasingly, red wine varieties such as pinot noir and the Bordeaux (cabernet sauvignon/merlot) blends.
There are vineyards and wineries throughout New Zealand, from the Far North to the depths of Central Otago. Most welcome visitors for tastings. The North Island’s Hawkes Bay is wine country. This is a place where the partnership of good wine and gourmet food are celebrated. Many wineries have their own restaurant where they serve their own wines with local delicacies.