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

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Spade Oak: Cellar Door

For those you who saw the Viva magazine at the end of December there is an article (link below) on great things to while in Gisborne. The Spade Oak cellar door got a mention and is currently open 2-4pm every day in January.…

Palliser Estate Wines of Martinborough Ltd: Summer 2015

Happy new year all! Its been a cracker start to 2015 with an amazing hot, sunny spell of weather over the last 3 weeks. The vines are in good condition & … more

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Puriri Hills: Luxurious New Zealand Red Wine

Puriri Hills makes luxurious blended red wines inspired by the grand crus of Pomerol and St Emilion, on the right bank of Bordeaux, France. The vineyard is set in green rolling hills southeast of Auckland, New Zealand, just outside of the village of Clevedon. From the main road, a long driveway climbs past vineyards which […]

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