New Wine Guide by Joelle Thomson Published

A Guide to Touring New Zealand’s Wineries

Joelle Thomson is a well known and respected journalist, author and wine writer in New Zealand Wine circles, with a wealth of experience in writing about and reviewing wines dating back to the 1980s.

Living in Martinborough, the heart of the Wairarapa wine region, Joelle works as a wine writer for Good magazine, NZ Winegrower, Drinksbiz, Capital magazine and has published 16 wine books to date including 10 annual wine guides.
Joelle also hosts her own blog with tasting notes and articles about the industry which you can read here:

Joelle’s latest publication has just been released and will soon be available to purchase.

Guide to Touring New Zealand's Wineries

A Guide to Touring New Zealand’s Wineries – Discover the best walkways, cycle-ways and stunning tours to Cellar Door. by Joelle Thomson – published by New Holland, and available at good bookstores nationwide.

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JB’s Notes

Many thanks to Joelle and New Holland for sending me a copy to review and add to my library of over 100 NZ Wine related books & publications – I thought I’d post a review for you to read and perhaps encourage you to purchase a copy to take when exploring New Zealand. I thoroughly recommend it!

Joelle latest publication is a “collection of experiences” across the New Zealand Wine regions that wine lovers can enjoy. It’s all about exploring the wine landscape to find little treasures to visit, places to stay, eat, drink & taste the wonderful wines grown and produced in each region. This is not intended to be the definitive guide to everything in the region, but a snapshot of the activities available.

The book is beautifully produced, hard bound and glossy with colourful images throughout. Each regional section begins with a little local wine history and industry background. “The Skinny and Must Do List” is a short list of the best coffee food & wine establishments, a few suggested “best bike rides” in the region and a couple of “Must Do’s” when visiting. Plenty to keep visitors busy for a few days.

Following on in each section there is a collection of wineries to visit along with the address, contact details, and website – each entry has just the right amount of information on each winery, such as a little history, varieties of grapes grown / wines made, cellar door, cafe and accommodation options – there are also some suggested Places To Stay and and finally a profile of a well-known local winemaker: an updated excerpt from another of Joelle’s books, The Wild Bunch – Movers Shakers and Groundbreakers of the NZ Wine Industry 2012.

Guide to Touring New Zealand's Wineries

I found this a really enjoyable read & also very informative, especially if you are thinking of heading away to spend some time exploring the wine regions. Written in a light relaxed style, laid out in an interesting and visually attractive way – compact enough to pop in your backpack or bag when touring around.

Highly recommended and a most worthy addition to my Library – a collection of over 100 NZ Wine books.

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