There’s a reason Aotearoa New Zealand’s wine is world-renowned. The climate and growing conditions allow the landscape to produce an abundance of quality grapes year-on-year. Now, the oldest wine growing region in the country (the first vineyards planted in 1851) has been named one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World. Sitting alongside the big guns of the wine world, such as Bordeaux and Napa Valley, Hawke’s Bay has more than 25 different soil types allowing it to produce nearly 40 varieties of wine, making up 90% of Aotearoa New Zealand’s entire red wine product. The most renowned? It’s hard to beat the Red Blends, Syrah, and Chardonnay, and one of the best place to test these out is at Craggy Range Winery.
For more wine heritage, journey to the South Island’s Monte Christo Winery. The oldest winery in Aotearoa New Zealand has been rebuilt and reopened to visitors at the end of 2023. It’s certainly set to be a highlight among those who consider themselves wine connoisseurs.