Other wine regions

Waikato and Bay of Plenty

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The Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions south of Auckland have small pockets of vineyard plantings scattered amidst rolling farmland.

Wine styles are focused mainly on Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, with Sauvignon Blanc occupying third place.

The region enjoys a moderately warm climate by New Zealand standards. Waikato soils are made up of heavy loams over clay subsoils. Bay of Plenty has a coastal influence. 

 

Ōhau

Ōhau is a new wine sub-region situated in Horowhenua on the west coast of the lower North Island. The geographic indicator is simply a sub-region of New Zealand.

The region is well known for its market-garden produce. For centuries the area has been shaped by the Ōhau River, which has laid down deposits of gravel, resulting in a stony yet fertile soil.

There is currently only one wine producer in the region, established in 2009. They have had success producing aromatic varietals, particularly Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. 

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