New Zealand has made a real name for itself in the world of wine, with plenty of award-winning varieties to boast about. Here are some of the top wineries in the country.
Located in the Marlborough region, this winery was responsible for the first Sauvignon Blanc in the area during the 1970s. Just a decade later, these wines were being distributed around the world, winning a number of awards along the way.
Te Mata Estate
This is established as one of the oldest wineries in the country, having been founded towards the end of the 19th century. Another award-winning company makes a wide range of both red and white wines each year. Visitors can arrange a private tasting tour where they can learn about the history of the estate.
This winery is at the heart of the country’s Central Otago region and is famous for avoiding the use of chemicals in wine production. Visitors can go at any time for a wine tasting (during opening hours!).
Located in Canterbury in the Waipara Valley, this winery has produced Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Rieslings – all winning awards over the years. Visitors can also take the opportunity to sample the wines along with the fine meals in the winery’s restaurant.
This vineyard is well known for its production of excellent quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, among other varieties. Visitors who go for a wine tasting will find themselves sampling those that are seasonally available. Tastings are for small groups or individuals.
Biodynamic production is a feature of winemaking at this winery. It now has four vineyards, and its brands are sold around the globe. Chenin Blanc and Riesling are among the varieties produced here.
Located in Hawke’s Bay, Mission Estate is the oldest winery in New Zealand. Founded in the mid-19th century, it is thought that French missionaries were responsible for its origins. Over the years it has been hit by an earthquake, been relocated and massively expanded. Visitors can enjoy the wines alongside a range of contemporary dishes in the estate’s own restaurant.
Villa Maria Winery
It took just 50 years for the Villa Maria Winery to grow from a one-man company to a globally recognised wine brand. It has been known for making bold decisions within its production practices such as the use of screw top bottles. Visitors touring the facility can learn about every aspect of the production of wine and can follow that with a snack and a glass of wine in the estate’s café.
Located on Waiheke Island, Stonyridge Vineyard is known for a range of Cabernet blends, and wine tasters can enjoy Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon here. In addition to the vineyards, there is an olive grove, a cafe and a function centre. If you would like to visit, you need to book in advance as it is closed to the public when it is reserved for functions.
Visitors can turn up for a wine tasting at the Palliser Estate all year round. The estate became known for utilising local farmland to develop vineyards, and it has paid off with a number of top awards under its belt. The vineyard boasts a cooking school, developing dishes that complement the range of wines, and there is conference space if you want to arrange a function on-site.