Northland wine region is rich in history and natural beauty. The region offers warm spring temperatures, hot dry summers, and calm, clear autumn days. This allows fruit to ripen early, creating full-bodied and rich wines.
Northland’s grape vines receive more heat to assist grape ripening during the growing season than any of the country’s other winegrowing regions. It’s northern location and close proximity to the sea (nowhere is more than 50 kilometres from the ocean) give the Northland wine region an almost subtropical climate.
Rich in history and natural beauty, a visit to New Zealand’s winterless north is sure to leave a lasting memory. Within a few hours’ drive or quick flight from Auckland, visitors can explore Northland’s boutique wineries set in breathtaking landscapes. The wineries of Northland can be found in areas with incredible visitor experiences. Most noteworthy are Mangawhai, Whangarei, Bay of Islands, and Kerikeri, providing endless opportunities to enjoy wine on a boat, at a beach, or in the bush. he first vines in New Zealand were planted in the Bay of Islands by the missionary, Reverend Samuel Marsden in 1819.
In the late 1800’s, the Croatian gumdiggers arrived bringing their European tradition of winemaking.
The region’s tropical Chardonnays, popular Pinot Gris and vibrant Viogniers are leading the white wine growth. Red wines produced include spicy Syrahs, stylish Cabernet and Merlot blends, peppery Pinotages and complex Chambourcin.
Stretching from Karikari in the north, to Mangawhai in the south, each vineyard in Northland is unique in aspect, soil, and micro-climate.
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