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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.
new zealand's wine trail
extends across both main
islands, leading to more
than a few pleasant
Today, a touring excursion throughout New
Zealand can follow
an almost nation-long wine trail. Heres a gazetteer of wine
you might visit as you travel throughout New Zealand'
MARLBOROUGH: After only 30 years of
production Marlborough centered around Blenheim in the NE corner of the South
Island is New Zealands 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
At First lodgings
in Nelson. If you wish to visit one winery only, stop at
Villa Marias 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 Hawkes Bay on the North
Island, Marlborough has an established wine trail, concentrated around the small city of
Blenheim. Download or print a
wine trail map before your go.
Wine tasting near
NELSON: Another relatively small
region known for quality wines and stylish, boutique wineries,
offers excellent opportunities for wine-tasting with personal attention to the
visitors interests. Most wineries are west of the city toward the famous Abel Tasman
National Park along the NW coast of the South Island.
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
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.
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
At Firsts Christchurch lodgings. Chardonnay and Pinot
Noir are the two primary grapes of Canterbury. Its a short (30 minutes) trip north
to the St. Helena Wine Estate Canterburys 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 Zealands 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
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.
Best of all, it sells its
wine, including its Gold Medal
judged best of its type at numerous competitions
including the prestigious London International Wine Challenge.
SEE PART ONE: OUR WINE TOUR BEGINS ON NEW ZEALAND'S NORTH ISLAND.
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