Everyone needs a holiday every now and then. And a quick trip to New Zealand should be right up your alley. New Zealand has a lot to offer holiday goers. And if you’re a wine connoisseur, taking a trip to New Zealand’s best wineries should be on your bucket list.
Wine regions in New Zealand
Start creating your itinerary and list some of these destinations for your trip to New Zealand and try out these wines and more during your trip. To help you make plans, here are a few must-visit wineries that you shouldn’t miss out on:
Brancott Estate, Marlborough
The Estate is famous for creating the region’s first Sauvignon Blanc back in the 70s. By the 1980s, the winery won the Marquis de Goulaine trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Brancott Estate’s rich history is just as rich as their wine’s flavours. When you spend time tasting their wine and learning their history is a great way to while away an afternoon in Marlborough.
Te Mata Estate, Hawke’s Bay
Speaking of history, the Te Mata Estate is one of the oldest wineries in the country. Since its establishment in 1896, it has earned prestige for the various wines they have become famous for. In fact, Te Mata Estate’s wines are exported to more than 42 countries around the world. And now, you have a chance to try their wines when you come to New Zealand.
Private tasting tours are available, but they need to be booked well in advance. Here, you can learn more about Te Mata’s Havelock Hills’ history. You can also learn about its vineyards and how it became the first to gain legal protection for heritage in New Zealand.
Rippon Vineyard, Central Otago
Central Otago’s Rippon Vineyard sets itself apart by creating their wines in a slightly different manner. The vineyard uses a biodynamic process, a planting method that rejects chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and favours a holistic agricultural practice.
If you’re interested in a wine tasting, visitors can often knock on the cellar door during operating hours where they will be given a vast selection of the vineyard’s vintage wines.
Pegasus Bay, Canterbury
The Donaldson family has owned the business since the 1970s. Pegasus Bay has a strong reputation nationally and globally. The vineyards are in Waipara Valley in North Canterbury.
Some of the vineyards most popular wines include Rieslings, Pinot Noirs, and Chardonnays. Visitors are also welcome to try their wines and dine at the winery’s highly acclaimed restaurant, which serves dishes that complement their wines beautifully.
Millton Vineyards, Gisborne
Millton Vineyards in Gisborne was the first in the country to get a BioGro certification for biodynamic production in 1989.
Visitors are always welcome in their vineyards and give them a chance to taste test some of their more popular wines including Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Riesling.
Now that you have a better idea on where to go for your trip to New Zealand, so make your plans now and make your holiday in New Zealand a fun one. Just remember to savour the moment you spend with your loved ones.
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