New Zealand Wine
New Zealand enjoys the ideal geography and climate needed to produce highly distinctive, premium quality wines. From Northland to Otago, New Zealand wineries have been producing world-class wines since the 1800's. Wine growing regions include Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury/Waipara and Central Otago.
Marlborough is the largest wine production area in New Zealand, and home to the famous Sauvignon Blanc. The Hawke's Bay is the oldest wine producing region, and the second largest wine production area.
New Zealand employs innovative practices in the vineyards and wineries to ensure our wines are produced in a "clean and green" fashion.
Many wineries offer winery tours and/or wine tasting. If you can't get to the cellar door, wineries will often sell their wines online.
There are wide variety of wines grown throughout New Zealand, including reds, whites, and sparkling wines.
Red wines grown in New Zealand include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Pinot noir, Tempranillo, Montepulciano and Sangiovese.
White wines grown in New Zealand include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot gris, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Müller-Thurgau and Viognier.
Many wineries and vineyards in New Zealand offer wine tours and wine tasting options alongside their premium wines. Take a tour through the vineyards to learn how the grapes are grown, explore the distilleries and learn how the wine is made, or relax at the bar sampling their delicious range of wines. Many wineries include a restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal complimented by a wine.
Some wineries will allow self-guided tours, if not, join a local wine expert on a guided tour. They will share their extensive knowledge about the wine growing industry with you, along with recommending the best wines to taste.
If you are looking for a Marlborough wine tour, join the team at Bubbly Grape Wine Tours. The friendly staff will ensure you enjoy an experience you will not soon forget. Their winery tours are based in the Blenheim and Marlborough areas, but they also provide an optional Picton pickup/dropoff service if required. Awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame for 2015, and the Certificate of Excellence awards for 2013, 2014 and 2015, Bubbly Grape Wine Tours have been cited as being "probably the best wine tour I have ever been on anywhere in the World", "delightful, charming and knowledgeable", and "by far the best" of "three previous Blenheim wine tours" by TripAdvisor reviewers.
You must be at least 18 years of age to legally buy and drink alcohol in New Zealand.