Discover New Zealand
Welcome to New Zealand, a stunningly diverse country located in the far flung reaches of the Southern Hemisphere. Over the next few weeks we will be bringing you a number of blogs, in-store promotions and mixed case offers. Also, when you are in-store you will also have a chance to win £100 worth of wine from New Zealand. Look out for the A4 Till Poster QR Code to enter. Good Luck
So, to kick off our New Zealand promotion we are starting with a little background to this magnificent country + we have put together a tasty starter kit for you all to get in the mood.
It's not all Sauvignon Blanc!
New Zealand’s wine producing history extends back to the founding of the nation in the 1800s. But it was the introduction to Marlborough’s astonishing Sauvignon Blanc in the 1980s that saw New Zealand wine explode onto the international scene, courtesy of world beating performances in international competitions and rapturous critical reviews.
While Marlborough retains its status as the one of the world’s foremost wine producing regions, the quality of wines from elsewhere in the country has also garnered international acclaim.
New Zealand's wine regions extend 1,100km (700 miles) from subtropical Northland (35° S) down to Central Otago (45° S), home to the world’s most southerly vineyards. These vineyards benefit from the moderating effect of our maritime climate (no vineyard is more than 120km, or 80 miles, from the ocean), long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes.
Most of the New Zealand regions are found on the eastern coastlines of the North and South Islands, in the rain shadow of the mountains, each with its own unique soils and climatic conditions. Within these diverse regions, subregional characteristics shine through and wines are distinguished as being not just from a wine region, but from a subregion and a place.
By world standards New Zealand’s production capacity is tiny, accounting for 1% of total volume. Although the average price tag for a New Zealand wine is a reflection of its desirability, few would question its ability to deliver excellent value for money.
There is much to learn about New Zealand wine, across regions and subregions, varieties and winemaking techniques, climates, soils and viticultural techniques, and wine and food matching.
The team have selected below 6 fantastic wines of different grape varieties and regions from around New Zealand, to discover there diversity and of course to enjoy!
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