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Wine tours in New Zealand

New Zealand long has been a source of fine wines. Climate, geography, and human skill have combined to produce highly distinctive, premium quality wines. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is rated throughout the world as definitive for this varietal. The growing recognition for New Zealand Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot blends is helping to further cement New Zealand’s position as a producer of world class wines. The temperate maritime climate has a strong influence on the country’s predominantly coastal vineyards. The vines are warmed by strong, clear sunlight during the day and cooled at night by sea breezes. The long, slow ripening period helps to retain the fine varietal flavors that make New Zealand wine so distinctive.

If you are thinking of a trip to New Zealand to experience their wines and wine production, you will be interested in the major wine producing regions, wineries, and information on the wines themselves. Much of this information can be garnered by visiting the official website for the New Zealand wine and grape industry, where you will find information on viticulture, wine regions and wineries, and the various wines including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and aromatic varieties including Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, and Pinot Gris. The ten major wine producing regions, six on the North Island and four on the South Island, encompass some 260 plus vineyards. View wineries by region in New Zealand.

newzealandtourist.com works with wine tour operators who will arrange tours of wineries coupled with distinctive cuisine prepared by leading chefs of the area. Tours can be arranged for the region of interest to you – either individually or as part of a pre-packaged tour itinerary. In addition, you will want to consider our “Wine-Milford Sound Trail” excursion. This excursion is planned to cover New Zealand’s highlights in a single seven night, eight day trip. You will visit Auckland, the Nelson-Marlborough wine region, Milford Sound, and Christchurch. Learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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