With such a varied climate and rich landscape it’s hardly surprising that New Zealand produces some of the worlds best wines. There are three regions that form the New Zealand wine trail; Hawke’s Bay is the land of robust Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Wairarapa where the Pinot Noir gets the star billing and Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc country.
With huge expanses of vineyards just waiting to be explored and stunning scenery a trip to New Zealand wine country is well worth it. We explore six of the best vineyards to visit
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What to See
Nestled in a dry riverbed, this stunning vineyard boasts lush green vines and rich concentrated grapes. Their boutique wines have a distinct flavour that can only come from low-yeilding vines and extensive knowledge of the soil you’re planting in. Gladstone give you the opportunity to taste among the vines at the vineyard café, which also serves food designed to compliment all their bottles.
For more information visit gladstonevineyard.co.nz
The first estate to produce Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott has been producing wines since 1934, with preservation and connection to their land being at the heart of their ethos. They craft their wines with minimal intervention, letting the grapes do the talking.
For more information visit brancottestate.com
With a unique menu of tasting options and a fantastic relaxing cellar door there’s no better place to taste wines than at Marlborough’s Cloudy Bay. Their vineyards are extensive and far-reaching, creating a catalogue of wines that vary greatly in taste.
For more information visit cloudybay.co.nz
With years of experience and an unrelenting passion it’s no wonder that Craggy Range produces some of the most bespoke wine in New Zealand. Under the gaze of the beautiful Te Mata Peak, visitors can taste a selection of single vineyard wines, or can either stay in this awe-inspiring location at their self-contained cottages.
For more information visit craggyrange.com
The northern most Wairarapa vineyard and originally an acre of Reisling grapes, Loopline Vineyard has expanded to produce some of the best white wines in New Zealand, as well as lovely Pinot Noirs and Merlots. The stone free draining soils produce rich wines that cellar incredibly well, making them fantastic to save for special occasions.
For more information visit loopline.co.nz
Recognised for hand plunging their red wines and nestled in a picturesque valley to provide a microclimate for the grapes, Esk Valley is a hotspot for wine buffs and sun-seekers alike. They have three ranges of wine; the vineyard selection is great for food pairing, the winemakers wine for the perfect tipple and the terraces, otherwise known as the ultimate red.
For more information visit eskvalley.co.nz