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- Author: LaCure Villas
Four Wine Hotspots in New Zealand
Aside from New Zealand’s vast mountain ranges and lush green fields, this country is also home to famous wineries. The varying climate and their fertile land produce the rich wine that should be tasted by wine connoisseurs everywhere.
New Zealand extends 1,600 km (1000 miles) from subtropical Northland to the world’s most southerly grape growing region Central Otago. Vineyards receive the benefits of the moderating effect of the maritime climate with long hours of sunshine and nights made cool by sea breezes.
New Zealand wine is known for its purity, vibrancy and intensity. The long ripening period enables flavors to develop development while retaining fresh acidity – a delicate balance that New Zealand wines manage better than most.
A part of DialAFlight’s 14-day New Zealand Food & Wine Trail tour, this is location rest in the windy northern part of Canterbury. The Teviotdale hills surrounding the valley keep the cold breeze out and the warm northwest winds that provide the right temperature for growing their vineyards. Because of their unique soil variations and long hot autumn season, they can produce Pinot noirs that are richer and spicier. They also produce Gris and Chardonnay. Waipara is also near the Kaikoura region which is famous for their variety of restaurants and their whale and dolphin watching.
This destination is home to one of the most delicious and sought-after Sauvignon Blancs in the world. According to Wine-Marlborough, they are one of New Zealand’s sunniest and driest areas. “In these bright, but relatively ‘cool’ climate conditions, the grapes have the advantage of a long slow, flavour-intensifying ripening period,” explains an article posted on Malborough’s homepage. This is the reason why their grapes are always fresh and they Sauvignons have that pungent and zestful flavour.
It is the third largest grape growing region in the country with over half of its 2,000 hectare solely dedicated to producing the finest bottles of Chardonnay. With its hot weather and rich clay loam soils, it can also create great liquor varietals like Viognier, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Gris, and Malbec. You can also visit some of their tourist attractions like spas, museums and surfing spots.
With their 100 years of experience in the liquor business, Hawke’s Bay is considered to be one of the oldest fields that produce high-class reds. Its cellar rooms are filled with full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignons that have dark fruit flavours and a spicy savoury taste. Their warm climate and myriad soil types helped in creating Chardonnay’s with complex tastes.
When visiting Hawke’s Bay to sample wines, visitors can stay at a New Zealand luxury villa, with pampering pleasures that can change a wine tour into a wine experience. Two of the best properties here are Kauri Cliffs, a Relais and Chateaux property, set on 6,500 acres of a working sheep and cattle farm, overlooking New Zealand’s stunning subtropical Northland; and its sister property, the Farm at Cape Kidnappers.
Adapted from a post submitted by LeaAnne H. Peterson-Garret.