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HOME AT FIRST's introduction to

New Zealand Wine

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THE WINE TRAIL EXTENDS ACROSS BOTH ISLANDS

New Zealand wine's have become world-class, and its wineries are found
in almost all parts of the country. Join us for one of the world's longest
wine-tasting tours — across the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

 

A New Zealand

WINE TASTING

SAMPLER

— PART TWO —

new zealand's wine trail
extends across both main
islands, leading to more
than a few pleasant
 surprises.

A Gazetteer of New Zealand Wine Regions

 Today, a touring excursion throughout New Zealand can follow
an almost nation-long wine trail. Here’s a gazetteer of wine regions
you might visit as you travel throughout New Zealand' South Island.

SOUTH ISLAND—

1. MARLBOROUGH: After only 30 years of production Marlborough — centered around Blenheim in the NE corner of the South Island — is New Zealand’s largest wine region. Its initial success can be summed up in two words, Sauvignon Blanc. Today its success is, like its world-class wines, a bit complex, with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Riesling also being planted in abundance. Marlborough is only about 60 miles east of Home At First lodgings in Nelson. If you wish to visit one winery only, stop at Villa Maria’s modern winery, west of Blenheim on New Renwick Road (south of Rt. 6). Villa Maria wines have been recent major prize winners in New Zealand competitions. Like Hawke’s Bay on the North Island, Marlborough has an established wine trail, concentrated around the small city of Blenheim. Download or print a Marlborough wine trail map before your go.

 

Wine tasting near Nelson. Photo © Bob Ecker; used with permission.
Wine tasting near Nelson.

2. NELSON: Another relatively small region known for quality wines and stylish, boutique wineries, Nelson offers excellent opportunities for wine-tasting with personal attention to the visitor’s interests. Most wineries are west of the city toward the famous Abel Tasman National Park along the NW coast of the South Island. Home At First lodgings in Nelson are within easy reach of a couple of dozen wineries, some offering gourmet meals as well as a chance to sample and buy.
        Varietals in this region follow the usual South Island litany: Chardonnay, Sauvignon

 

Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Riesling. When in Nelson,

if you have the time for only one winery, visit the family-run Moutere Hills Winery, which offers tastings, sales, and a café with delicious lunches in a very attractive setting on Eggers Road, Sunrise Valley, south of Highway 60, about 40 minutes west of Nelson. Call for opening days/times: +64 (0)3 543-2288.

3. CANTERBURY: Comprising two principal sub-regions, in the flood plains around Christchurch and about an hour north of the city, the Canterbury region is a sizeable one within easy reach of Home At First’s Christchurch lodgings. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the two primary grapes of Canterbury. It’s a short (30 minutes) trip north to the St. Helena Wine Estate — Canterbury’s oldest — on Coutts Island Road just north of Belfast off Route 1 direction Waipara. Not only will you have a short drive, but you will be able to sample one of New Zealand’s top-rated Pinot Noirs. Phone +64 (0)3 323 8202 for updated information about tastings & sales.

 

4. CENTRAL OTAGO: A very different region from others in NZ, Central Otago is high, dry, and closer to Antarctica than any other wine region in the world. It is also expanding rapidly — slaking a sophisticated local thirst and looking to export wine — especially Pinot Noir — in significant quantities. There are now several dozen wineries — most boutique operations — in the Central Otago region within easy visiting distance of Home At First lodgings in the Queenstown area. Of these, one that makes a very enjoyable half-day out is less than one-half hour east of Queenstown on Highway 6 at Gibbston. Gibbston Valley Winery offers hourly tours of their operations — including their deep underground caves where a tasting occurs — January through March daily from 10AM-6PM. Gibbston Valley Winery operates its own quality restaurant — open daily 12N to 3PM — and gift shop.

Central Otago vineyard. Photo © Bob Ecker; used with permission.
Central Otago vineyard.

Best of all, it sells its wine, including its Gold Medal
winning Pinot Noir Reserves, judged best of its type at numerous competitions including the prestigious London International Wine Challenge.

— END OF PART TWO —

SEE PART ONE: OUR WINE TOUR BEGINS ON NEW ZEALAND'S NORTH ISLAND.

Visiting wineries throughout New Zealand is easily done
as a part of a comprehensive HOME AT FIRST NEW ZEALAND itinerary.

NEW ZEALAND is easily reached from HOME AT FIRST.

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