As if New Zealand food wasn't good enough, you then have the New Zealand wines. Maybe it's the climate and soil that make the New Zealand wines so good. Perhaps it's the dedication to quality that helps to produce splendid bottle after splendid bottle. Of all the New Zealand wines, Sauvignon Blanc is the frontrunner, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't treat yourself to the other varietals. From the Pinot Noir, to the Riesling, the New Zealand wines are done right. The contrasting settings found in the different regions of New Zealand help the country to produce the variety of wine that it does, and most of the varietals enjoy a slow ripening period. This helps to give them a distinctive bouquet all their own.
New Zealand wine tours are up there with some of the
best in the world. If you are the kind of wine lover who
dreams of trips to destinations like Napa or Tuscany, then
you might as well add New Zealand to your list of hopefuls.
If you've already been to other great worldly wine
destinations and have yet to savor the New Zealand wines,
then it's high time you plan a few New Zealand wine
tours. Since most of New Zealand's top wineries
are found near the coast, you can imagine the range of
views and area activities that can be enjoyed on the side.
The Auckland area is a top
New Zealand wine-producing region. You'll also find
Waiheke Island to have quite a bit of merit itself. The
wines here that earn the highest praises are Chardonnay,
Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Waiheke Island is known
to produce some wonderful red wines, such as Cabernet
Franc and Merlot. The first vines to ever be planted in
New Zealand were in the Northland region. Found north
of Auckland, the Northland has producing New Zealand wines
for almost 200 years. The Bay
of Islands and Kaitaia are wonderful places to visit,
if not only for the wines, then also for the beaches and
The best known New Zealand wine region is Marlborough, which is found on the northeast coast of the South Island. The first vines here weren't planted until 1973, but it only took some 20 years for the region to move it's way to the top. The Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough is some of the best produced anywhere in the world, and you can enjoy it firsthand at the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival. It's one of the top New Zealand festivals, highlighting a number of gastronomical delights. For those who like Pinot Noir, head to the southeast coast of the North Island. It's here that you will find Martinborough, where every bottle of Pinot Noir seems to be amazing. There are more wonderful New Zealand wine regions to explore, and all of them are prime destinations for New Zealand wine tours. New Zealand Garden and wine tours are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Enjoying a lovely glass of wine while strolling through vineyards and amidst flowers is nothing short of sublime. You can book New Zealand garden and wine tours for a half or full day, or enjoy extended tours where your personal guide will escort you to some of the best regions and wineries. Often times, you can find New Zealand wine tours that are included in bigger New Zealand travel packages, which is nice for those looking to pair trips to wineries with other fun pursuits.
Enjoying New Zealand wine garden tours doesn't have to be an expensive endeavor. At Hawke's Bay, for example, you can hit 4-5 wineries on a day trip, and spend well under $100. Your wine guide will not only serve as a wine guide, but also as an area guide as well, explaining different points of interest along the way. You can get more luxurious, and thus more pricy, if you want, which is something that true wine-enthusiasts should consider. Imagine meeting the winemakers when taking your personalized New Zealand wine and garden tours, or following up a tour with a helicopter flight over the vineyards.