Wine Lover? Say No More

If you know wine, you know how important New Zealand is

  • Wine Lover? Say No More
  • Wine Lover? Say No More
  • Wine Lover? Say No More

What launched the New Zealand's rise to fame is what is considered the world's best Sauvignon blanc, in the late 1970s. One critic even went as far as to say that having your first New Zealand Sauvignon blanc is like “having sex for the first time,”. If you’ve never had a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc before and that doesn’t intrigue you in the slightest… we don’t know what will.
In terms of wine, New Zealand has a lot more to offer in addition to its famous Sauvignon blanc. Actually, New Zealand has nearly 15 wine regions, some of which are bigger than others, but all are unique. For this reason, there are some very impressive tours of the different wine regions. Whether you want to learn more about wine, need an excuse to drink more wine or simply to go to New Zealand, we’ve got you covered.
There is such a thing called the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, whose title says it all: classic. It’s just five days but it takes you through the three most significant wine regions: Hawke’s Bay (Syrah), Martinborough (Pinot), and of course Marlborough (Sauvignon). These regions alone account for more than 80% of New Zealand’s wine producing regions, so unless you’re a Master Sommelier, this tour should suffice for any wine lover. The tour begins in Napier which is known for having some of the best Art Deco architecture in the world, and ends in Blenheim which is a small sunny town perfect for sampling local culture and food. Highlights along the way include: Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre on the way to Wairarapa to see the world’s only white kiwi in captivity and the cruise through Cook Strait through the Marlborough Sounds which is one of the most scenic ferry trips in the world.
If you don’t have five days to devote solely to wine, spend just one and go to Waiheke Island. “The island of wine” is about 35 minutes away from Auckland by ferry and has over twenty distinct wineries. For Pinot Noir fans, take a day trip from Queenstown to Central Otago, home of the world-renowned Burgundy-style grapes. Central Otago has more than 80 wineries and is known also for its gourmet food. There are a couple of tour options but it’s worth the time to do a little research beforehand and pick out the wineries that are most appealing to you such as Maori Point Vineyard where you can taste wines with the actual people who tend to the vines and make the wine.

Author : The Slowear Journal



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