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There's no shortage of good wine in New Zealand, and with over 40 varieties across 10 regions, there's something for every palate.
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Tucked away in a remote corner of the globe is a place of glorious unspoiled landscapes, exotic flora and fauna, and a culture renowned for its spirit of youthful innovation. Read on for some fast facts about the New Zealand wine industry.
At first glance, the history of wine in New Zealand looks short. Wines made from classic European grape varieties have only been widely available since the 1980s and only since the 1990s have the country’s Sauvignon Blancs and – later - Pinot Noirs carved out a significant presence in international markets.
Matariki symbolizes Māori new year under the Māramataka - Lunar Calendar. Each star holds a certain significance over our wellbeing and environment, as seen from Te Ao Māori (the Māori view of the world). Historically, these stars were closely tied to planting, harvesting and hunting. If the stars appeared clear and bright, it signified an abundant season ahead.
At first glance, the history of wine in New Zealand looks very short. Wines made from classic European grape varieties have only been widely available since the 1980s, yet the grapevine was a common sight in the early colonists’ gardens. By the time of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, the first recorded New Zealand wine was already bottled. Wine has in fact has a long and fascinating history in New Zealand.
New Zealand is the ideal place for a short break holiday. If you’re a local checking out more of your own back yard or branching out further across New Zealand to do something new - you’re guaranteed to see things in New Zealand that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.