New Zealand

A country of 4 million people, about the size of Japan, made up of 2 Islands – North Island and South Island, New Zealand has 698 wineries, located in 10 distinct wine regions: Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, and Central Otago. Wine is produced over approximately 1000 miles of temperate climate, which is strongly influenced by the country’s maritime location – surrounded by the Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean. The early wine industry, which started in 1835, was surprisingly dominated by Croatians, who emigrated to New Zealand for economic reasons and in search of better opportunities, and brought their wine culture with them. The most popular grape varieties from New Zealand include world class Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs.

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