Whereas other wine regions tried to emulate some of the great wine regions, New Zealand tried a different tack and created wines in its own style. This gamble paid off and New Zealand now produces arguably the best Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs in the world.
Three of the main wine producing regions in New Zealand are as follows:
- Marlborough: perhaps the most famous region, Marlborough has grown a reputation for producing some amazing Sauvignon Blancs. These are full of gooseberry and stone fruit aromas and are incredibly drinkable.
- Hawkes Bay: the oldest wine region in New Zealand. Due to its hot climate, it’s best known for its Cabernet-Merlot blends and some excellent Chardonnays.
- Central Otago: this region is much further South than the other two regions. Being in the Southern hemisphere, this means a much cooler climate. It therefore is an excellent climate for some beautiful Pinot Noirs.
We have found some great vegan wines from New Zealand. However, you need to be careful as there are still a lot of wineries who use animal products for fining. For more information on what makes wine vegan, please click here.