This led ultimately to a dramatic restructuring of the agricultural economy. Notable wineries from the region include Neudorf Vineyards, awarded Raymond Chan's 2012 Winery Of The Year. You can bring further wine on board but it is put to one side until the end of your cruise for you to take home and if you are flying you are limited in how much you can take with you. Rippon Vineyard Central Otago: Rippon is an unusual vineyard. Think we'll definitely do Waiheke Island and Devonport. Join a guided tour or hire a bike, and choose from more than 30 cellar doors, tasting award winning wines along the way.
Wines with altitude is the slogan of one winemaker. Its aims are to protect the integrity and quality standards of wine from Marlborough, through a certification process similar to appelations in other countries. Marlborough is by far New Zealand's most famous and largest wine producing area where Sauvignon Blanc comes from. Vineyards were first established in the area in 1981 by Alwyn Corban and Garry Glazebrook, who founded Ngatarawa Wines. There are a number of ports where you will be able to enjoy New Zealand's top drop. It is recognized for its consistency, and George Fistonich, the founder, has done much for the grape industry in New Zealand.
Nelson winemakers specialise and excel in grape varieties that respond to cooler growing conditions. The effect of the stones is to lower fertility, lower the water table, and act as a heat store that tempers the cool sea breezes that Hawke's Bay experiences. Have yet to find one that I did not enjoy, but some, i. The combination of high summer temperatures and high rainfall can be challenging for viticulture; although irrigation is not needed, the humidity can encourage some pests and diseases. Greystone Wines has won the Decanter International Trophy for Pinot Noir in 2014 and the Air New Zealand Trophy for Pinot Noir.
This pervasive use of stainless steel almost certainly had a distinctive effect on both New Zealand wine styles and the domestic palate. Further north in Cheviot and respectively, notable producers Mt. The Henderson cellar site has a range of tastings and snacks. Some Northland wineries are also making wine from warmer climate grapes such as Montepulciano, and Pinotage. Good wine from Auckland and Hawke's Bay also boosted the industry with ever-increasing investment, vineyard plantings, rising land prices and greater local interest and pride.
Notable producers include Akarua, Felton Road, Chard Farm and Mount Difficulty. Great way to do a lunch break and soak up the style, character and beauty for this artsy island. We offer breakfast options delivered to your room to set you up for your busy day enjoying Hawkes Bay. Not only did the wines have the distinctive acidity and abundant fruit of New Zealand wines, but they demonstrated a great deal of complexity, with aromas and flavours not common in New Zealand wine and normally associated with burgundian wine. Waiheke winegrowers regularly win awards for Syrah. From Christchurch we took the Tranzalpine Rail route over to Greymouth where we picked up our rental car.
Another soil type is represented in , Canterbury. In 2016 these smaller producers, with a vineyard area of no more than 20 hectares 49 acres , represented over three quarters of New Zealand's wineries. The wine regions of New Zealand tend to experience cool nights even in the hottest of summers. Our itinerary was pretty much clockwise from Christchurch where we flew after leaving our cruise in Auckland. From Renwick on Route 63 take a left on Hawkesbury Road until you see the entrance.
If you stay for a meal, get a seat on the terrace for a terrifi c view of the vineyard and Napier. In the 1980s a shift away from cask wine for better quality, bottled still wine meant that huge areas of bulk varieties, most notably Müller-Thurgau, were uprooted and replaced with Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, for which the region is well known today. Some of the initial plantings of Pinot Gris were identified later as ; indeed, some Auckland winemakers have incorporated this mishap into their Flora wine names, such as The Rogue from Ascension and The Impostor from Omaha Bay Vineyards. Ripening dates for a single grape variety can vary by as much as three weeks between the hot, shingle soils of the Gimblett Road area to the cool, higher altitude vineyards of central Hawkes Bay. There is a lot to say for taking a bus or van tour in wine country. In 1984 the New Zealand government paid growers to pull up vines to address a glut that was damaging the industry.
As a cultural phenomenon, the overseas experience predates the rise of New Zealand's premium wine industry, but by the 1960s a distinctly New Zealand identity had developed and the made the overseas experience possible for a large numbers of New Zealanders, who experienced first-hand the premium wine cultures of Europe. . There are no other grape or wine production regulations. At around this time the first plantings of Pinot Noir in Central Otago occurred in the Kawarau Gorge. The hit just as initial interest in the area was building up, and poor initial vintages and remoteness from tourism further troubled some producers, some pulling out of the area altogether. We managed to visit 6 wineries mostly in the Blenheim area and also had enough time to visit a scenic area to the West of Picton.
This is the largest wine region in New Zealand with internationally award winning wines produced here. The climate in New Zealand is , meaning that the sea moderates the weather producing cooler summers and milder winters than would be expected at similar latitudes in Europe and North America. In an article in Decanter September 2014 , Bob Campbell suggests that regional styles are starting to emerge within New Zealand Pinot Noir. Photo credits: 1 Couple in vineyard courtesy of Tourism New Zealand 2 Morning vineyard courtesy of Villa Maria Winery. Since Waiheke Island has a very small area of 92 square kilometres 36 sq mi , the wines tend to have a higher price premium due to the inherently small scale of the wineries, the cost of land, and the increased cost of access to the island by boat.
The majority of land use in New Zealand was at the time and largely still is animal agriculture, and the exports of dairy, meat and wool dominated the economy. Producers include Waipara Hills, Pegasus Bay, Waipara Springs, Muddy Water, Greystone, Omihi Hills and Black Estate. The success of Martinborough Pinot Noir has to a large extent driven the rapid development of this very dynamic and quality-focused region. Or, maybe you have plans to see Queenstown during your three nights on the South Island. Significantly further south than all other wine regions in New Zealand, it nevertheless benefited from being surrounded by mountain ranges which increased both its daily and seasonal temperature variations, making the climate unusual in the typically maritime conditions in New Zealand, and ideal for growing Pinot Noir.