in New Zealand

Winetasting in New Zealand

Doctors and nurses will discover that New Zealand is a premier new-world wine country, producing award-winning wines that reflect the clean air and sunshine. Top quality wines are exported across the world.

Nurses will know that New Zealand is best known internationally for sauvignon blanc, the country also has a growing international reputation for pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and methode traditionnelle sparkling wines.

The country’s more than 500 winemakers are boutique, small scale operations producing low volumes of niche varieties.

NZ wine regions

New Zealand has 10 major wine-producing areas. The leading wine regions include Auckland, Gisborne, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay in the North Island, and Marlborough, Central Otago, Canterbury in the South Island.

The grape varieties, soil structure and mini-climates in these geographical areas are varied, producing a broad spectrum of wines.

Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay are New Zealand’s two premium wine-growing regions.

    Varieties produced include:

  • sauvignon blanc – Marlborough
  • pinot noir – Martinborough, Central Otago
  • cabernet – Hawke’s Bay, Waiheke Island
  • chardonnay – Gisborne
  • inot gris – Martinborough, Central Otago

New Zealand also produces outstanding Methode Traditionelle sparkling wines.

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