As of June 2018, the New Zealand wine industry recorded its 23rd consecutive year of export growth. According to the press release wine tourism in New Zealand is an all-time boom, with 27% of international visitors coming to New Zealand for its stunning wineries and vineyards. The availability of a good number of cheap flights from New Zealand to nearby locales and global destinations is another major reason for the growing number of international tourists.
Come; let us explore some of the best wine regions in New Zealand.
Wine Tours to Canterbury and Waipara
Waipara Valley, an hour’s drive north of Christchurch, is well known for producing racy Rieslings and rich pinot noirs. Must try places include Cellar door tastings at celebrated wineries, such as Waipara Hills, Pegasus Bay, Greystone Wines, and the Muddy Water. The place offers you the experience of tasting rich Provencal wine.
Touring the wine trail in the Canterbury is complemented by local food experience. Kaikoura, the crayfish/ lobster capital of New Zealand, is particularly known for fresh seafood – that goes well with a local pinot gris or Riesling.
Wine Tours to Waikato and Bay of Plenty
When touring to the south of Auckland, drop into Vilagrad in Ohaupo. You will love both the rich wine and remarkable ambiance of the family-run winery set up in 1922. Also, remember to explore the wineries at Mystery Creek, located on the banks of the Waikato River in the outskirts of Hamilton.
The wines served here are enriched by the wide variety of grapes grown in the Waikato region (that include chardonnay, merlot, and gewürztraminer). Remember to drop in at Waikato, renowned for its cheese – the perfect accompaniment to your chosen wine.
If you travel further east, to the Bay of Plenty region, you must try the Mills Reef Winery, which specializes in Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. You will surely love the distinctive art-deco style building with full winemaking and bottling facilities, a five hundred barrel cellar, an aged wine cellar, and spacious wine tasting areas.
Wine Tours to Auckland
Auckland is home to three distinct wine regions and around 100 wineries. The rich, ripe merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and Syrah, as smooth, fruity chardonnay and pinot gris add to the richness of the local wine.
Wine tourists take a short ferry ride from the central city to Waiheke, which has around 27 boutique vineyards and wineries. Blessed with a warm, dry microclimate and is renowned for its intensely flavoured varietals, Waiheke offers you an experience of a lifetime. Matakana located about an hour north from the central city, produces stylish pinot gris, Syrah and Bordeaux reds. You may also take cheap flights from Auckland to visit these places.
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