They say you never truly know a place until you have experienced it.
We invite you along a unique journey to experience 10 of the finest wine regions in New Zealand
and to taste the world of difference in each sip.
It is with this sentiment that we created
Breathtaking landscapes, sweeping coastlines, incredible climates – falling in love with the beauty and picturesque world that is New Zealand is incredibly easy. With quaint villages set against some of the world’s most unique and diverse terrains, this magical land leaves a lasting impression on all those who explore its beauty.
An appealing well balanced Hawke’s Bay blend showing a classic bouquet of fragrant vanilla spice, dark plum, liquorice and berry fruit. A finely textured and generous red, with a satisfying depth of flavour that flows through to a lingering savoury finish. The soft tannin and bright fruit profile are typical of the Bridge Pa Wine District. 94% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker: Barry Riwai
The oldest wine region in New Zealand and the second largest in wine production, Hawke’s Bay is located on the east coast of the North Island. Here, the area receives a warm climate with the coastal influence tempering the hot summer temperatures. The area also benefits greatly from the vast array of soil types from sandy loams over clay pans to loamy-clays. The growing season is quite lengthy producing full-bodied red wines and accounting for 10% of the total wine production in the country. This region is highly reputed for its Merlot and Cabernet blends, Syrah, Pinot Noir and complex Chardonnays.
With a slightly tapered lip to allow aromas to layer,
glasses have an average-length stem with a wide base and a larger bowl.
Steak, Tuna, Swordfish
A TOUR IN HAWKE’S BAY
Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, with the cities of Napier and Hastings rebuilt in the architectural styles of the time following the devastating 1931 earthquake.
Year-round guided tours and vintage car rides are surpercharged each February as tens of thousands flock to participate in the week-long Art Deco Festival.
Notable landmarks include Cape Kidnappers, home to the world’s largest mainland colony of gannets; Lake Waikaremoana, where the walking track is among New Zealand’s nine Great Walks; and Te Mata Peak, with its 360 degree views of Hawke’s Bay and spectacular walking tracks.
I’ve had a long-time love for Martinborough Pinot Noir. For me, it’s as close as New Zealand has come to the great wines and community of the old world. The running gag in our cellar is that these Pinots are so different to anything else New Zealand is making they could be from another planet…Mars, perhaps? Then would that make the winemakers Martians…from Martianborough? Out of this world spice of star anise, tobacco and sandalwood layer with dark cherry and rose petal on the nose, with an alignment of savoury earthy, herbal notes on the palate. Winemaker: Rod McDonald
Located in the southern part of North Island, Martinborough is home to several boutique wineries, producing a fair amount of high-quality wines with intense flavour. Although small in area, the wine region enjoys a dry and cool climate, plenty of sunshine and low rainfall. The soils are excellent with free-draining gravel and share a similarity to Burgundy. The area is known for Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
With a shorter stem and a large bowl, the turned out rim allows the aromas to travel directly to the nose and tongue for an intense experience.
Lamb, Filet Mignon, Tuna
A TOUR IN MARTINBOROUGH
Explore the wine village of Martinborough, at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.
Coming from Wellington, you drive over the winding Rimutaka Hill road. Halfway down there’s a corner where the whole vista of the Wairarapa opens up before you, bush-clad ranges to the west across flat plains to a rugged coast on the east.
A rural area with an off-the-beaten-track charm, Wairarapa, New Zealand, offers travellers a wide range of experiences. Head up to the Waiohine Gorge at the foot of the Tararuas and a swing bridge is your gateway to tramping tracks into the ranges. Head out to Cape Palliser on the coast and you’ll pass through the tiny fishing village of Ngawi where you’ll see a colourful array of old bulldozers and tractors parked on the beach.
The towns have their own individual character and charm. Martinborough is the centre of the local wine industry – take a tour of the vineyards – while Greytown has an architectural charm and is a favourite weekend getaway for Wellingtonians.
The grapes for this wine were picked at optimum maturity. This Sauvignon Blanc has aromatics of tropical fruits, gooseberries and passionfruit and is complemented by a clean, crisp finish; the perfect match with your favourite seafood. Winemaker: Rod McDonald
Easily the most important wine region in New Zealand, Marlborough is best known for its Sauvignon Blanc, which has been dominating the area since the 1980s. Marlborough sits at the northeastern tip of South Island and enjoys a dry and sunny climate. The region experiences cool, moderate temperatures, ample sunshine and low rainfall which result in intense flavours and aromatic wines. Apart from Sauvignon Blanc, the area has been successful in other varieties such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay.
A narrow bowl atop a long stem with a slightly tapered rim brings the aromas closer in addition to diminishing the amount of oxygen, maintaining the freshness of the wine.
Chicken, Oysters, Lobster
A TOUR IN MARLBOROUGH
Marlborough is about world famous Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s largest winegrowing region, and the soils and enviable climate that create it.
It’s about fresh seafood sought by the world’s finest chefs.
It’s about diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds.
Join a guided tour or hire a bike, and choose from more than 30 cellar doors, tasting award winning wines along the way. Indulge in a leisurely lunch at a vineyard restaurant, and pair the wine with local produce to create the ultimate match made in Marlborough.
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HAWKE'S BAY MERLOT CABERNET 2016 x 2
MARTINBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2016 x 2
MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019 x 2
MARTINBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2016 x 6
MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019 x 6
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