There are certainly many places in New Zealand where locals, tourists and everyone in between can visit to taste the best wine which the country has to offer. Here are some of the best places to try New Zealand’s world-famous wine.
Marlborough is located on the South Island at the topmost part. It is actually the largest wine producing area in the country. It is known best for its Sauvignon Blanc, with the full body and citrusy flavours enjoyed and sought out all over the world. There are also fabulous Chardonnays and Rieslings as well. One of the only reds made and well known in the region is the Pinot Noir. Not only is the wine good, but the vineyard has beautiful scenery and a gorgeous setting as well.
Hawke’s Bay is known to be one of the top places for both food and wine in all of New Zealand. It is a rural area which makes the landscape and backdrop at the wineries so picturesque. It is known as one of the oldest wine regions in the nation and also the second largest. The wines are full of flavour, mainly thanks to the climate, which makes the ripening season uniquely longer than other regions.
If you find yourself on the North Island and you head to the east, you will reach Gisborne, where you will experience some of the sunniest, beautiful weather and some of the tastiest Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc in the world. This region is close to the city, making it an easy day trip for tourists and visitors, and making it simple for locals to get their favourite wine. This region is proof that a wine pairing can be paired with a casino night and make for a well rounded, fun excursion.
Just a short jump away from Christchurch, Canterbury is known for its rich and full-bodied Pinot Noir, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. It is one of the largest wine regions in the country and is still growing, making a name for itself in the Riesling world as well.
Landscapes and red wine go hand in hand in the Central Otago region. Located close to Queenstown, this region is unique, as it is actually the most southerly wine producer, not only in the country but in the entire world. It has the only continental climate in the country. It is a great place and a popular spot for weddings and events too, as it boasts beautiful landscapes.
These are just a few of the wine regions in New Zealand. There are many more, and it is undoubtedly worth visiting them all, as New Zealand boasts some of the most exceptional wines in the world, so it can be great to see where it all comes from.