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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.

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Two Paddocks: The The Fusilier -- Faugh-a-Ballagh

[11 April 2014] The sign is up on the new vineyard...

Two Paddocks: Vintage Vintage

[8 April 2014] All by hand.

Palliser Estate Wines of Martinborough Ltd: Raymond Chan – April 2014

Our lovely Wellington trade and media friends recently spent a day in Martinborough, at various wineries, seeing what goes on behind the scenes during vintage. I think they all went away impressed with the hard work that our winemakers deploy.…

Gladstone Vineyard: Thair's nae place like hame

It's bin affy nice tae be hair, but frae now on, ye can find me o'er at cheerio!

Palliser Estate Wines of Martinborough Ltd: Pencarrow 2013 Chardonnay

Jeff from Fine Wine Delivery Company picks our Pencarrow 2013 Chardonnay as one of his top wines, at only $15.99 a bottle from Fine Wine Delivery Company Palliser Estate have made quite a reputation for themselves over more than 20 years in the business.…

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