New Zealand Wines: Tantalize Your Tastebuds

G’day, English Marie here! Did you know that New Zealand’s wine industry dates as far back as the 1800’s?  Settlers first planted seeds in Hawke’s Bay soon leading to commercial wineries popping up in different regions.  Today, New Zealand wines are thriving and New Zealand produces some of the best wines in the world.  The diverse climates and unique soils & topography found in New Zealand, allow for a wide variety of grapes to grow and produce many styles of New Zealand wines.

New Zealand Marlborough Winery - Lunch

The most well known New Zealand wines from this area include Bordeaux and Syrah found in the Hawke’s Bay area- where the first grapes were planted! As well as a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough and Pinot Noir found in Central Ortago and Martinborough.

New Zealand Wine Tour

While visiting New Zealand, you’ll find there are many regions- both on the North Island and South Island, where you can taste the most delicious New Zealand wines.  Here’s a quick list to help you out:

North Island:New Zealand Map

  • Auckland
  • Gisborne
  • Hawke’s Bay
  • Northland
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty
  • Wairarapa

South Island:

  • Marlborough
  • Central Ortago
  • Nelson
  • Canterbury

Wherever your feet take you in New Zealand, you’ll find wonderful wine tastings and adventures.  For more places to visit and experience the bouquets of New Zealand’s fine wine world, give us a call at 312-951-8517; or click here to check out our sample itineraries!