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It was during the early 19th century that winemaking was introduced in New Zealand. The industry grew rapidly and grew to alarming proportions by the end of the 21st centuries. The Marlborough wine areas is a renowned wine area in New Zealand and the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is the most famous wine produced in this part of the world. The maritime and cool climate conditions make the grapes grown in New Zealand highly flavourful, distinct and full-bodied.

Wine-growing regions

The following wine-growing regions are classified by the new law as the areas apt for making New Zealand wine:

Northland - Most northern part of New Zealand, known for its proximity to the equator; known for its abundance of Chardonnay cultivation

Auckland - Famous for crafting New Zealand’s best Chardonnay white wine; also known for its other Italian and Spanish grape varietals

Gisborne - Most easterly wine-producing region in the world; known for its cultivation of Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer

Hawke’s Bay - Oldest wine producing region in New Zealand; Bordeaux blend and Syrah wines with a dominance of Merlot grape wines are famous here

Wairarapa - Very small wine producing area known for its Pinot Noir cultivation

Nelson - Sunniest wine area in New Zealand; famous for producing late-harvest wines

Marlborough - Largest wine-producing district in New Zealand and accounts for close to 75% of the country’s total wine production; famous for its Sauvignon Blanc vines

Canterbury - Contains many vineyards centred in and around the city of Christchurch; while the northern area is known for its cultivation of Riesling,  the southern area is famous for its Pinot noir grape varietals

Waitaki Valley - Most modern wine producing area in New Zealand; famous for cultivating Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer wines

Central Otago - Regarded as the most southerly wine producing area in the world; Vineyards located at an average of 200 to 400m above sea level, making it the tallest in New Zealand. 

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