New Zealand is the world’s easternmost and southernmost winemaking country (cool climate).
New Zealand North Island Regions
Grapes: Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc
New Zealand South Island Regions
Grapes: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir
Marlborough produces over half of the entire country’s wine, with nearly 10,000 ha of Sauvignon Blanc.
You may have noticed bottles of Pinot Noir from Central Otago popping up in your wine shops. Central Otago is the world’s southernmost region and is acclaimed for producing some of the best Pinot Noirs that the New World has to offer. So grab a bottle next time you see one!
New Zealand Regulations:
- Declaration of vintage and varietal is optional
- The wine must contain at least 85% of the named grape variety
- If there are two or more varietals the total must be 85% and they have to be listed in
- descending order
- No laws governing enrichment, acidification, pruning, yields, or irrigation techniques
Have you uncorked a wine from New Zealand lately? I’d love to know your thoughts!