Wine Regions


New Zealand extends 1,600km (1000 miles) from sub-tropical Northland (36° S) to the world’s most southerly grape growing region Central Otago (47° S). Vineyards benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate (no vineyard is more than 120km, or 80 miles, from the ocean) with long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes.

New Zealand wine is distinctive for its purity, vibrancy and intensity. The long ripening period – a result of cool temperatures – allows flavour development whilst retaining fresh acidity, a balance for which New Zealand wines are renowned.

There are a number of distinct major wine-growing regions spread throughout New Zealand, with the majority on the East coast of the Islands in the rain shadow of the mountains. Within these diverse regions, sub-regional characteristics are beginning to show through and wines are now being distinguished as being not just from a wine region, but from a sub-region and a place. We hope you enjoy discovering our regions and producers.

Source: New Zealand Winegrowers – nzwine.com


The Wine Regions of The North Island are:

Northland | Matakana Auckland | Waiheke | Waikato – Bay of Plenty | Central North Island | Gisborne | Hawke’s Bay | Wairarapa

The Wine Regions of The South Island are:

Nelson | Marlborough | North Canterbury | Waipara | Canterbury | Waitaki ValleyCentral Otago

Number of Wineries

675

Number of Growers

747 (2016)

Number of Wineries by Region

Northland – 15
Auckland – 110
Waikato/Bay of Plenty – 9
Gisborne – 18
Hawkes Bay – 76
Wairarapa – 68
Nelson – 36
Marlborough – 141
Canterbury/Waipara – 68
Central Otago – 141
Other Areas – 05

Total 675

NZ Wineries by Category

Category 1 – grape wine sales not exceeding 200,000 litres – 581
Category 2 – grape wine sales between 200,000 to 4 million litres – 78
Category 3 – grape wine sales more than 4 million litres – 16

Total 675

PRODUCING AREA

36,192 Hectares

GRAPES CRUSHED

436,000 Tonnes

TOTAL PRODUCTION

313.9 Million litres

(Source: New Zealand Wine Growers Annual Report 2016)

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