New Zealand’s wines have soared in popularity in recent years, with jet-set Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc as the most popular. While New Zealand’s signature Sauvignon style continues to impress, there is far more here to tempt wine lovers. Delicious white wines include spicy Pinot Gris and mouth-watering Riesling, while New Zealand Chardonnay can rival France’s top white Burgundy. Red wines like the silky Pinot Noir are also attracting attention from the world’s toughest wine critics.
The Marlborough wine region is renowned for its sassy Sauvignons, yet there are many other New Zealand wine regions now causing a stir, from Auckland in the North Island to Central Otago in the South. Yet despite such varietal and regional diversity, New Zealand’s wines display a common theme, marrying exuberant ‘new world’ flavour with stylish ‘old world’ elegance.