Regions

New Zealand extends 1,600km (1000 miles) from sub-tropical Northland (36° S) to the world’s most southerly grape growing region Central Otago (46° S). Vineyards benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate (no vineyard is more than 120km, or 80 miles, from the ocean) with long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes.

New Zealand wine is distinctive for its purity, vibrancy and intensity. The long ripening period - a result of cool temperatures - allows flavour development whilst retaining fresh acidity, a balance for which New Zealand wines are renowned. There are a number of distinct major winegrowing regions spread throughout New Zealand, with the majority on the East coast of the Islands in the rain shadow of the mountains. Within these diverse regions, sub-regional characteristics are beginning to show through and wines are now being distinguished as being not just from a wine region, but from a sub-region and a place. We hope you enjoy discovering our regions and producers.

Winery News

Two Paddocks: TROPHY!

[22 May 2015] And medals galore!

Black Estate: Pressing our first Home Cabernet Franc today it’s neat and...

Pressing our first Home Cabernet Franc today it’s neat and lovely.

Black Estate: BD501 at Netherwood. #Light and #structure

BD501 at Netherwood. #Light and #structure

Two Paddocks: New MaxiMovie

[9 May 2015] Vintage 2015

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[26 April 2015] On "The Weekly with Charlie Pickering."

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