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:
The Wine Regions of The South Island are:
Number of Wineries
Number of Wineries by Region
Northland – 17
Auckland – 102
Waikato/Bay of Plenty – 10
Gisborne – 17
Hawkes Bay – 91
Wairarapa – 69
Nelson – 38
Marlborough – 141
Canterbury/Waipara – 67
Central Otago – 136
Other Areas – 05
NZ Wineries by Category
Category 1 – grape wine sales not exceeding 200,000 litres – 603
Category 2 – grape wine sales between 200,000 to 4 million litres – 77
Category 3 – grape wine sales more than 4 million litres – 17
Number of Wine Growers
301.7 Million litres
For more detailed statistics visit https://www.nzwine.com/en/news-media/
(Source: New Zealand Wine Growers Annual Report 2018)
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