Wines of New Zealand
New Zealand - © Cloudy Bay

Wines of New Zealand

New Zealand – Land of Diversity

New Zealand - © Cloudy Bay

New Zealand – © Cloudy Bay

The history of the wines of New Zealand its vineyards dates back to 1819, when a French bishop planted the first vines. Today there are only a handful of very old wineries still existing. The wine industry in the country is not older than 25 years. However, the progress in quality is remarkable, in spite of this very young viticultural history. Up to the year 1946 exclusively fortified wines were produced in this country. A special feature which has completely disappeared by now. The vineyards were ravaged by phylloxera and experienced a true boom in production after the Second World War. The Sauvignon Blanc experienced a wave of success in a very short amount of time, but it was finally a tasting in London that led to the final breakthrough. In the 80s, Sauvignon Blanc was very popular in the world of wine and the New Zealand wines catapulted quickly to the top of the international scene.

 

Unique conditions

New Zealand - © Cloudy Bay

New Zealand – © Cloudy Bay

Vineyards in New Zealand have a huge influence by the maritime climate, since they are never located more than a hundred kilometers away from the coast. The autumn here is long and dry. The grapes enjoy a slow maturity that allows them to develop intense aromas. The wine regions have a wide variety of different terroirs, which extend between the 34th and the 47th latitude. Back in the days, the focus used to lie on the production of red wines. With its dense forests, numerous mountains and the endless coastline, New Zealand offers a wide variety of landscapes.

 

Auckland- place of contrasts

Auckland counts as one of the oldest wine regions in New Zealand. It is situated in the north of the North Island. With its 550 hectares of vineyards, it is one of the main producing areas of the country and home to some of the most prestigious wineries. They have one of the warmest climates which particularly favors the cultivation of its “flagship varietals” Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They represent what is called here the “Bordeaux blend”.

A wide selection of wines

New Zealand - © Cloudy Bay

New Zealand – © Cloudy Bay

Several wine regions have their respective characteristics. Marlborough is known for its excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Auckland proves its quality  with the accuracy of his Bordeaux blends. The wide variety of terroir offers a wide selection with many flavors. New Zealand Wines impress with their personality, which can be recognized by its intensity and its aromatic freshness.

 

 

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About Astrid Mayr
Former International Wine Business student in Geisenheim, Germany, I am currently studying Wine Marketing and Management in Bordeaux and I am happy to share the latest developments and news about the world of fine wines with you.

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