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Through the wine glass – New Zealand

New Zealand wine has become a firm favourite in many households and it is known for its youthful fruity white wines but it is a nation which has much more to offer. Wine making can be traced back to colonial times in New Zealand and as early as 1836, British residents were attempting to produce wine but it is in fact a French vineyard, established in 1851 which is the oldest standing in the country.

New Zealand Whites

It’s the white wines that everyone thinks of first when they think of New Zealand. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate the production across the nation but other white varietals have grown in popularity with growers producing a good range of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer too. There are also less common Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Pinot Blanc producers across the country. Our range includes some zesty offerings including The Frost Pocket Sauvignon Blanc and Wild Earth Riesling.

New Zealand Reds

New Zealand red wines tend to be produced from a blend of varietals, ensuring a fresh and fruity flavour and Carbernet, Sauvignon and Merlot are amongst the most commonly produced. It is also possible to find less frequent production of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Pinot Noir. The reds in our collection off a great introduction to New Zealand red wine and include Greywacke Pinot Noir and Tinpot Hut Syrah amongst a wide and expansive range.

New Zealand Growing Regions

New Zealand has a wide range of distinct growing regions which expand across the country, ensuring there is a bottle available for every type of palate. The regions include Northland and Auckland, some of the hottest regions and Waiheke Island which is known for its dry and warm climate, fantastic for producing ripe, full bodied reds.

Gisborne is a smaller wine region north of the famous Hawke’s Bay and known for its quality whites including the Millton Estate Riverpoint Viognier and many other offerings from the same estate in our range.

Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough are the centre of New Zealand wine growing country, Hawke’s Bay known as the country’s oldest production area and known for the quality of its Bordeaux blended reds and those famous Sauvignon Blancs. Our collection offers a range of Hawke’s Bay wines including Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc and Babich Chardonnay. Marlborough too is known for its significant size and the breadth of wines it offers with the Wairau Valley known for its key role in the modern wine industry.

Nelson, the Waitaki River Basin and Central Otago are smaller growing regions which product distinctly different wines, Central Otago specifically known as the most southerly production area in the world and home to the Carrick Estate, who produce quality pinot noise, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc available in our range.

The final growing region is another favourite with wine lovers, Martinborough. There’s a family atmosphere in this region with many wineries small and intimate and offering quality wine rather than huge quantities. In our collection you can find offerings from Ata Rangi who are recognised for the premium quality of the wines.

The distance from Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, to the Fine Wine Company shops is a whopping 11,400 miles, so why not simply sample our range of New Zealand whites, reds and roses.