Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, and wine regions on the North and South Islands | wine tour in New Zealand

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When sauvignon blanc from New Zealand took the world by storm in the 1980s, müller-thurgau was still the most widely planted grape in the country. Now this grape is a thing of the past, and sauvignon blanc is by far the most planted. But definitely not the only one, as you will notice on our magnificent tour through New Zealand.

We spend a few days in Auckland, the largest city. We take the ferry to Waiheke Island to taste the famous Bordeaux-blends. Then we travel south, with Hawke’s Bay as our first stop (after the sulphurous geysers). It is a wine region with a long history. The country’s oldest wine estate, Mission Estate, was founded here in Hawke’s Bay in the 1850s. Our hotel is in the art deco town of Napier.

Our next wine region is Wairarapa, where they make some fantastic pinot noir. We spend a few hours in Wellington, the capital before it’s time to take the ferry to the South Island.

Here our first stop is Marlborough, the region that made the country famous. As you will see, sauvignon blanc comes in many forms. We make a detour to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, and then we end the tour in Central Otago, beautiful and spectacular. Cool climate grapes thrive here, not least pinot noir.

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Wine tour to New Zealand, March 10-25, 2022.

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The shimmering Lake Tekapo and the dramatic mountains
The shimmering Lake Tekapo and the dramatic mountains, copyright BKWine Photography
Sauvignon blanc vines in a vineyard in Marlborough
Sauvignon blanc vines in a vineyard in Marlborough, copyright BKWine Photography
A dramatic vineyard landscape in Central Otago
A dramatic vineyard landscape in Central Otago, copyright BKWine Photography
The Gibbston Valley Winery winemakers giving thumbs up for New Zealand wine
The Gibbston Valley Winery winemakers giving thumbs up for New Zealand wine, copyright BKWine Photography
Martinborough is a small town with traditional buildings
Martinborough is a small town with traditional buildings, copyright BKWine Photography

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