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

Palliser Estate Wines of Martinborough Ltd: Palliser Estate and NZSO Symphonic Feast

Our exciting Visa Wellington On A Plate event has been announced – The Symphonic Feast.  Sunday 31 August 6pm to 10pm A night of truly orchestral proportions awaits. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is joining us for a spectacular evening of music and wine perfectly matched with a four course menu designed by Nick Arnold of Café Medici.…

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[26 June 2014] If anyone says "cute," that’s trouble right there.

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The cabin in the woods

Two Paddocks: Parental Control

[25 June 2014] In the world of the Pig, sometimes a father needs to take control...

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