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New Zealand

There’s nothing wee about the Kiwi winemaking tradition, which holds its own against the Aussies to the west.

About New Zealand Wine

New Zealand's wine production is relatively small, currently the world's 15th largest wine-producing country, but growing steadily every year thanks to the popularity of their most prevalent wine style, Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region.

 

New Zealand is comprised of two primary islands, North Island and South Island. Warmer North Island's most popular red wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Chardonnay is the primary white wine. Hawke's Bay is the largest wine region on North Island.

 

South Island, which becomes progressively cooler as you move south, is planted mostly to Sauvignon Blanc for white wines (notably in Marlborough, the largest wine region in the country) and Pinot Noir for red wines (notably in Central Otago, the southernmost wine region in New Zealand).