The Waikato – Bay of Plenty regions south of Auckland represent small but steadily expanding vineyard plantings that occupy scattered pockets of land amidst rolling farmland. Wine production is focused mainly on Chardonnay with Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc occupying second and third place. Both regions enjoy a moderately warm climate by New Zealand standards with soils of heavy loams over clay subsoils.
Main grape varieties include Chardonnay, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon Blends, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Source: New Zealand Winegrowers – nzwine.com